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In news that shocks no one, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has stated his opposition to campaign finance reform efforts.
From The Joplin Globe:
During a question-and-answer session at the Governor's Mansion, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, put in his final word about whether campaign contribution limits — Missouri doesn't have any — would be addressed this session.
"I know you all have questions about campaign limits," Richard said unprompted. "I know you all want it, we don't. It's just not going to happen."
Here's a quick list of those checks written to the Committee to Elect Ron Richard, via the Missouri Ethics Commission website:
|$20,000||12/17/2015||Grow Missouri (Sinquefield-backed group)|
|$25,000||5/9/2012||David & Debra Humphreys|
The state of campaign finances in Missouri is abysmal.
More than a quarter of all large campaign contributions in Missouri over the last five years were doled out by 10 individuals and groups, according to analysis by The Star of reports filed with the state ethics commission.
Revolving door bans that don't apply to current legislators are weak. Lobbyist reforms not coupled with campaign finance limits are weak. Missourians deserve better than the current lukewarm ethics reforms being thrown around by GOP leaders.