An effort to require full disclosure of who contributes to a gubernatorial ball is back before the Legislature. The House is set to approve a bill that would require a Governor-elect to form a gubernatorial inaugural committee subject to state campaign finance laws, a bill originally sponsored by Majority Floor Leader Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau, who added legislative balls to the accountability measure. Crowell filed the bill two years ago after Governor Bob Holden held a million dollar inaugural and hesitated before fully disclosing what individuals and corporations donated. Crowell denies he keeps pressing the issue to embarrass Holden a year before he stands for re-election by keeping the issue alive. Republicans held a legislative ball this year when they took control of the Legislature for the first time in nearly 50 years. The House Republican Campaign Committee paid for most of the ball that cost less than $30,000. Missouri Realtors, Missouri Retailers and the Hanaway for Speaker Committee covered the rest of the cost of the ball and Speaker’s reception this year.
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