MISSOURI ROUNDTABLE FOR LIFE WILL CONTINUE FIGHT TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOLLOWING VICTORY IN COURT

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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MISSOURI ROUNDTABLE FOR LIFE WILL CONTINUE FIGHT TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOLLOWING VICTORY IN COURT 

Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative Still MRFL Priority

St. Louis – June 24, 2014 –Following Missouri Roundtable For Life’s victory in the Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri, MRFL vows to continue the fight to limit campaign contributions.  MRFL filed the “Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative” early in 2013 for the 2014 ballot, but mega-campaign donor Rex Sinquefield filed a challenge to the ballot initiative in state court to stop MRFL from presenting the MCCRI before Missouri voters for November 2014 election.  The resulting litigation didn’t end until Judge Beetem issued his new judgment in Cole County Circuit Court on May 30, 2014.  This delay tactic by the opponents of bringing government back to the people of Missouri through fair and reasonable campaign contribution limits robbed MRFL of the opportunity to gather the necessary signatures to get the MCCRI on the November 2014 ballot.

But, with the momentum from the victories in court and the support of the majority of Missourians for taking political power back away from special interest groups, MRFL will press ahead in its fight to pass the MCCRI.

Missouri currently does not have any limits on donations by individuals and corporations to candidates and political parties.  This has created an unfortunate situation where politicians only go to certain special interest groups, not the people of Missouri, for financial and political support.  The “Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative” is a fair and reasonable answer to the growing problem of special interest groups using huge campaign contributions to unduly influence political candidates and parties.  The MCCRI would, among other things, do the following:

(1)   Limit donations by individuals to any candidate or elected official to $2,600 per election cycle;

(2)   Limit donations by individuals to political parties to $25,000 per election cycle;

(3)   Limit donations by political parties to other campaign committees to $25,000 per election cycle;

(4)   Ban donations by corporations or unions directly to candidates or elected officials, while   still allowing corporations and unions to set up their own PACs to support or oppose candidates,; and

(5)   Prohibit PACs and other campaign committees from donating to each other in an effort to evade the campaign contribution limits.

Without the MCCRI, special interest groups will have carte blanche to influence what the “people’s representatives” do in Jefferson City.  Special interest groups will continue to pick their own candidates to run for office, and Missourians will not be able to determine the destiny of our state nor hold politicians accountable.

“Missouri Roundtable For Life is grateful for the support of the majority of Missourians who want fair and common sense reform of the political system to restore the political power back into the hands of the people of Missouri and away from the special interest groups which seek to influence political candidates and parties with their huge campaign contributions at the expense of Missouri voters,” said Fred N. Sauer, President of Missouri Roundtable For Life.  “Missourians deserve better than to have government policy determined by the size of a campaign contribution instead of by the people’s voices and votes.  To get Missouri back on track, Missouri voters need assurances that their voices will be heard and that our elected leaders are in fact ‘ours.’  Even though we are facing opponents with enormous resources, MRFL knows that Missouri voters embrace common sense limits on campaign contributions that will decrease the power of the special interests and bring back control of the candidates and political parties to the people. We look forward to continuing to take our arguments in favor of limiting campaign contributions to the people of Missouri.”

For more information, please visit www.missouriroundtable.org.

 

 

Missouri Roundtable For Life
231 South Bemiston Ave., Ste. 800
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 854-1381

www.missouriroundtable.org