JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Record spending in the 2012 elections has prompted a new wave of campaign finance proposals in state capitols. But there is little consensus about the best way to police money in politics.
In some states, lawmakers want to raise contribution limits to allow candidates to fight back against well-financed outside interest groups. Yet in other states, officials are proposing to restrict contributions.
Missouri, for example, currently is the only state with the trio of unlimited contributions, unlimited lobbyist gifts and no waiting period before lawmakers can become lobbyists. The free flow of money must be publicly disclosed. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now is vowing to lead a ballot initiative to reinstate campaign contribution limits if lawmakers don't do it themselves this year.