My motivation

We caught up with Lyn, a volunteer collecting signatures with Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action. Read more below about why she’s involved in the Clean Missouri campaign.

Q: What drew you to the Clean Missouri campaign?

A: You know, I believe that campaign finance reform is absolutely necessary for restoring democracy in our state.

Q: How will the Clean Missouri initiative change the political landscape in our state?

A: My hope is the state legislature will be more responsive to the voters and act in their best interest instead of their largest campaign contributors.

Q: What’s the best thing about volunteering with Clean Missouri?

A: I’ve really been surprised by how enthusiastic most people are about signing the petition. So many folks thank us for the work we’re doing once they’ve signed. It really motivates me to keep volunteering and gathering signatures!

Q: Is there anything else you want to share about your experience?

A: I enjoy meeting the other volunteers! We all come from different walks of life and have different reasons to be a part of this campaign. It shows how important the Clean Missouri initiative is and why it’s so necessary for Missouri.

Now, it’s your turn.

Help us get big money out of Missouri politics — sign up to volunteer and join the Clean Missouri team today.

Here are the facts – The Clean Missouri amendment will:

  • lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
  • eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts
  • require politicians wait two years before becoming lobbyists
  • require that legislative records be open to the public
  • ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission
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#TBT from the Blue Springs Examiner: “Missouri needs to overhaul the way it draws political boundaries”

In 2012, Missouri redrew Congressional, State House and State Senate district lines in a drawn-out, extremely partisan process. The Blue Springs Examiner highlighted this process in 2012.

“The antics in Jefferson City during the past few weeks are more reason to drive home a point we’ve been making in this space for some time: Missouri needs to overhaul the way it draws political boundaries.”

It’s time for a change.

Here are the facts – The Clean Missouri amendment will:

  • lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
  • eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts
  • require politicians wait two years before becoming lobbyists
  • require that legislative records be open to the public
  • ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission
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When Missouri Was the Wild Wild West

After the Missouri Legislature repealed contribution limits in 2008, campaign spending exploded.

In 2000, Missouri statewide and legislative candidates raised just under $40 million. However, by the 2016 cycle, donations tripled with campaign contributions topping $120,000,000.

But that’s not all.

Today donations come from fewer, bigger donors, and the donations of regular people matter less and less.

Missourians deserve better.

The passage of Amendment 2 in 2016 was a step in the right direction, but flaws in the amendment language and legal challenges have left serious loopholes in Missouri campaign finance law.

The Clean Missouri initiative will implement new contribution limits of $2,500 for State Senate candidates and $2,000 for State House candidates, increasing integrity and confidence in our state government.

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Missouri Legislators Take $872,000 in Lobbyist Gifts — Every Year

Lobbyists spend an average of $872,000 each year on gifts for politicians in Jefferson City. That’s almost a million dollars in meals, drinks, sports tickets, and other freebies.

Every year.

Lobbyists spend an average of $872,000 each year on gifts for politicians in Jefferson City. That’s almost a million dollars in meals, drinks, sports tickets, and other freebies.

Every year.

It gets worse. We don’t know who actually received over $8 Million of these gifts. Because of a loophole in current ethics laws, when lobbyists report their freebies as going to a ‘group’ or ‘committee,’ they don’t have to reveal names of the individuals receiving those gifts.

No matter what party you believe in, this is not right.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

That’s why we’re coming together to get big money out of state politics and make sure our elected officials represent us. The Clean Missouri initiative will close loopholes and ban all lobbyist gifts over $5 – making state government more transparent and our legislators more accountable.

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GOP Legislator: “All of the big money going into our state is… ruining it”

The St. Joseph News Press reported this weekend that Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) will not be running for the open state senate seat for Buchanan and Platte Counties next year. His reason why was astounding:

“I wouldn’t go back [to Jefferson City] if they paid me three times the amount [of a legislator’s salary] … I’m finished with them. All of the lying, the bribery, the threats, all of the big money going into our state is doing nothing but ruining it.”

Rep. Higdon’s on the record comments echo those of numerous other Republicans who have seen first hand what big money and big lobbyists have been doing in Jefferson City.

Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) has been particularly critical of the role big money appears to have played in decisions made by Senate President Ron Richard and other Senate leaders:

“The facts are (Richard) received large contributions. He filed legislation that would dismiss a lawsuit against the people who made those contributions.”

Sen. Rob Schaaf, the current Senator from St. Joseph, has been very forceful in condemning the corrupted policy making process in Missouri:

“The whole idea of it is you give me something, I give you something…it’s understood.”

Former Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) expressed outrage last year after a billionaire far from her district spent big to attack her in an August primary after she voted to protect her constituents’ interests:

“I do think we need to do something about caps on contributions— that hopefully will be addressed. My concern is, at this point in time, we have people who want to run statewide that are courting the favor of billionaires so they can get a million dollar check. And folks like, we make 35,000 a year. You’re going to be threatened with your job, if you don’t do what a billionaire wants you to do. You should represent the folks who elected you.“

Legislative leaders have repeatedly stopped bipartisan bills to reform campaign finance laws and limit lobbyist gifts — but we’re not waiting on the political leaders and lobbyists in Jefferson city to fix themselves any longer.

Join the fight today!

 

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