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Candidates React to Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision

January 24, 2000
By: Jessica Carter
State Capital Bureau

The Supreme Court's decision to limit campaign funds in Missouri could mean the return of money already raised. Jessica Carter has the story from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri Ethics Commission is planning to discuss whether or not candidates should return certain campaign funds.

A recent Supreme Court decision upheld a Missouri law that limits individual contributions to a little over 1,000 dollars.

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Joe Maxwell says he agrees with the Court's decision and says that too much money can be unfair.

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Contents: Maxwell says there is a need for balance in campaign contributions because it can affect free speech and harm democracy.

Maxwell says he is willing to return a sizeable portion of the money he has already raised, and wants other candidates to do the same. From the state capitol, I'm Jessica Carter.


At least one Lieutenant Governor Candidate says he's willing to give back some of his campaign funds. Jessica Carter has the story from Jefferson City.

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Lieutenant Governor Candidate Joe Maxwell says the recent Supreme Court decision on Missouri's campaign finance laws is a victory for democracy.

The court's decision upheld a Missouri law limiting individual contributions to a little more than 1,000 dollars.

Maxwell says he is willing to give back those campaign funds that exceed the new limit.

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Contents: Maxwell says that the candidates for Lieutenant Governor should give back those funds now and open up democracy for this state.

Maxwell's opponent Republican Senator Bill Kenney says that campaign fund raising hasn't been a problem in the past and plans to keep his funds unless he is required to do so. From the state capitol, I'm Jessica Carter.