MISSOURI ROUNDTABLE FOR LIFE WINS MAJOR VICTORY TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS; COURT OF APPEALS UNAMIMOUSLY UPHOLDS ORIGINAL FISCAL NOTE AND FISCAL NOTE SUMMARY

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Wednesday, March 11, 2014
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MISSOURI ROUNDTABLE FOR LIFE WINS MAJOR VICTORY TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS; COURT OF APPEALS UNAMIMOUSLY UPHOLDS ORIGINAL FISCAL NOTE AND FISCAL NOTE SUMMARY

COURT REJECTS SINQUEFIELD’S SPURIOUS ARGUMENTS

St. Louis – March 11, 2014 –The Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri unanimously reversed the circuit court’s decision that the fiscal note and fiscal note summary for the Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative was insufficient and unfair and should have taken into account the biased and misleading submission of the lawyer for Rex Sinquefield, the biggest donor to Missouri politicians and chief opponent of campaign contribution limits.  The Western District upheld the original fiscal note and fiscal note summary, which showed that the impact on state and local revenues was “unknown,” as “‘adequate[] and without bias, prejudice, or favoritism[.]’”  (Click Here for Western District Opinion)

 

This case began when Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s most prolific donor to politicians’ campaign coffers, filed suit to stop Missouri Roundtable For Life from presenting the “Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative” before Missouri voters in November of 2014.  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 wealthy elites, 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 wealthy elites, like Rex Sinquefield, 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, Rex Sinquefield and other wealthy elites will have carte blanche to influence what the “people’s representatives” do in Jefferson City.  Wealthy elites 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 will continue to fight on behalf of the hardworking people of Missouri against the wealthy elites like Rex Sinquefield 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.  “Our system of government cannot survive when a privileged few are the ones deciding what happens in Jefferson City with our tax dollars.  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 elites and bring back control of the candidates and political parties to the people. We look forward to taking 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

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