Your Opinion

Legislature need limits on campaign contributions

July 18, 2014 

Dear Editor,

In 1994 the wise citizens of the State of Missouri voted to institute campaign finance reform by a 3-1 margin.

In 2008, an arrogant legislature overturned that vote and the free for all we now find ourselves in began.

Missouri is now one of only four states with no limits on campaign contributions along with no limits on gifts from lobbyists once a candidate wins the election.

I find it hard to believe that these facts are not connected to the under-funding of our public schools? I suspect about 75 percent of Missouri voters would agree with you.

Do not be fooled by those who would tell you that we spend more on public schools now than ever before. There is a formula for school funding and the fact is that the Lee’s Summit R-7 district is underfunded by $878 per student.

The legislature, however, finds the funding to allow tax breaks likely worth more than the underfunding of our schools in the last week of the session.

Is it possible that any of the recipients of these breaks are large donors to legislators?

We need to fully fund public schools and institute campaign finance and ethics reform so that legislators can worry less about where that next contribution will come from and more about the needs of the people.

Dale Mercer,

Lee’s Summit

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