Missouri lawmakers have lifted campaign finance limits.
The House voted mostly along party lines to approve SB 1038 . The bill removes the campaign contribution limits enacted by voters in 1994. It requires that campaign donations totaling at least $5,000 be reported electronically within 48 hours. Out-of-state contributions would have to be reported by the name of the contributor.
Democrats harshly criticized the measure during House floor debate, claiming that Republicans forced through the measure during the last hour of the last day to help their chances at the polls in November. Republicans stated that campaign contribution limits have proven to be ineffective, because crafty politicians have figured out they only need to form a number of committees to skirt the current law.
The bill now goes to Governor Blunt.