JUDGE BEETEM UPHOLDS MRFL’S SUMMARY STATEMENT; MISSOURIANS ONE-STEP CLOSER TO VOTING ON “MISSOURI CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION REFORM INITIATIVE” IN 2014
MRFL TO APPEAL RULING ON FISCAL NOTE AND FISCAL NOTE SUMMARY
St. Louis – December 4, 2013 –Judge Jon Beetem of the Cole County Circuit Court upheld the fairness and impartiality of Secretary of State Jason Kander’s summary statement for MRFL’s “Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative” and rejected claims made by Plaintiff that MRFL’s initiative was unconstitutional. (Click here to see Judge Beetem’s judgment). In so doing, Judge Beetem flatly dismissed Plaintiff Rex Sinquefield’s claim that Secretary Kander’s summary statement would mislead the voters of Missouri at the ballot box and that the initiative would infringe on free speech rights of wealthy, elitist donors of political campaigns.
Judge Beetem did, however, hold that State Auditor Tom Schweich’s fiscal note and fiscal note summary did not take into account the negative submission by Marc Ellinger, the attorney for Rex Sinquefield.
MRFL will file an expedited appeal with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, seeking to overturn Judge Beetem’s decision on the fiscal note and fiscal note summary. The biased and self-serving submission submitted by Marc Ellinger is based on the false premise that limiting his client, Rex Sinquefield, and other wealthy elitist donor’s ability to give huge campaign contributions to candidates and political parties in order to influence candidate’s actions will reduce tax revenue and media purchases in Missouri. As Marc Ellinger admits in his submission, no study in Missouri has been done to show that, that would in fact happen.
MRFL’s “Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative” does not limit how much a candidate can raise or spend or limit what political action committees can spend on a race. It simply limits the amount of money a candidate or political party can receive from any one individual or PAC. What could possibly be wrong with increasing the influence voters have over their candidates?
“Missouri Roundtable For Life will continue to fight the elitist special interests who seek to influence political candidates and parties with their huge campaign contributions at the expense of the typical Missouri voter,” said Fred N. Sauer, President of Missouri Roundtable For Life. “Even though we are facing an opponent with limitless resources, MRFL knows that Missouri voters embrace common sense limits on campaign contributions that will decrease the power of the elites and bring back control of the candidates and political parties to the people.”