There’s an old adage that as soon as a new law is passed, a team of lawyers jumps into action to find a way of getting around that new law. Such appears to be the case involving not a team of lawyers, but one Springfield attorney trying to raise money for Governor Bob Holden’s re-election bid. Sam Hamra has sent a letter to potential donors suggesting they could bypass state contribution limits by sending money to such groups as the Missouri and Greene County Democratic Committees. The letter points out these committees could then forward checks to the Holden for Governor campaign – and it would all be legal and ethical. Hamra now says this blurring of the line was a mistake made by a secretary transcribing the letter. Be that as it may, an official with the State Ethics Commission says there is nothing to stop a political committee from contributing money to a particular campaign.
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