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Tax Money for Campaigns

May 4, 2000
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Missouri voters will get the chance to vote on a campaign finance reform issue this November. Missy Shelton is in Jefferson City with the story.

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The group Missouri Voters for Fair Elections handed in more than one hundred and eight thousand signatures.

Those signatures means Missouri voters will be asked to approve the use of state money for campaigns where candidates have agreed to reject all other contributions.

Ben Senturia is a member of the steering committee that headed up this effort.

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce opposes the ballot issue saying taxpayers shouldn't be forced to support political campaigns.

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Missouri voters will decide whether or not tax dollars should be used to support political campaigns. Missy Shelton has more on this story from Jefferson City.

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The group Missouri Voters for Fair Elections has succeeded in getting enough signatures to put their campaign finance reform proposal before the voters in November.

But there's opposition from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

Ben Senturia is a member of the Fair Elections group.

He says the Chamber is a tough opponent.

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The ballot issue asks voters if tax dollars should go to a candidate for campaigning if the candidate agrees to reject all other contributions.

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