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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Corruption and the Missouri State Legislature
As our local NPR station, KCUR, recently reported on air and on it's website, "A national study of risk of corruption by the Center for Public Integrity docks Missouri for being one of only four states without any limits on campaign contributions."
That this passed, that the Republicans in Jefferson City passed this, a couple years ago is still repugnant and disgusting. That it's still the way our government is goes against everything true democracy is about.
We need to change this. We need to change this back. There need to be campaign contribution limits here in Missouri--that is, if we don't do away with them entirely, in the best-case scenario.
Having no campaign contribution limits in the state and now, due to the US Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling, in the entire nation, makes your and my influence and vote miniscule while the wealthy and corporations are freed to buy our legislators, their legislation, our laws and so, ultimately, our government. It's "all them, all the time."
A few people running for offices right now are committed to changing this, to reinstating campaign contributin limits in our state.
The first is Jason Kander, running for Secretary of State.