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Missouri SC Hears Partisan Split Over Campaign-Donation Refunds

August 6th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Rob Luke

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court now knows that the Democrat attorney general thinks they should give it back but the Republican Senate Majority Leader thinks they should be allowed to keep it.

The Supreme Court will decide what political candidates in Missouri must do with the newly “excess” contributions they received after an SC ruling last month reinstated campaign-donation ceilings.

And all eyes are now on Republican incumbent Matt Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jay Nixon, for governor in 2008. Blunt had raised over twice Nixon’s $2.3 million through June 30 but both would fall to $1 million if forced to return donations after the Trout v. Missouri ruling.

Nixon’s office, representing the state of Missouri and the Missouri Ethics Commission, argued that all campaign contributions above the new limit (max. $1,275 per person) be returned. It allowed exceptions for candidates already elected or whose campaign had closed when the SC ruled last month. Read more…

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