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Missouri Campaign Finance Limit Initiative (2012)

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The Missouri Campaign Finance Limit Initiative did not appear on the November 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated state statute. The measure proposes limiting the amount of contributions that may be accepted by candidates running for both state and local office to $5,000 or less per election.[1]

In 2006 the Missouri General Assembly approved a law to repeal campaign contribution limits. The law was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2008, legislators again repealed contribution limits. The proposed initiative, according to reports, was a result of the 2008 repeal.[2]

Text of measure

The ballot title for the petition reads:[1]

Shall Missouri law be amended to limit the amount of contributions that may be accepted by any candidate for state or local office to $5,000 or less per election from any individual or entity, other than the candidate, and establish penalties for violations?

It is estimated this proposal will increase state government costs by at least $127,000 annually and result in one-time costs of about $28,000. Any potential impact to state government revenue could not be determined. It is estimated this proposal will have no costs or savings to local governments.

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri signature requirements

To qualify for the ballot, the initiative required signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot were due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

The measure was certified on April 1, 2011.[3]

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