JEFFERSON CITY — Out-of-state donors are pouring millions of dollars into Missouri ballot issue campaigns, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission monthly campaign finance report.
Both the National and Missouri Association of Realtors donated more than $1 million to "Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation," an organization advocating the passing of Constitutional Amendment 3.
Amendment 3 would stop the implementation of a transfer tax on property sales.
The National Association of Realtors, located in Chicago, donated $1,218,835 on Sept. 3.
"We feel putting an extra tax burden on people who want to buy homes is not the right way to go about funding, especially with what is going on in the economy and housing crisis," Lucien Salvant, managing director of the national association, said.
The Missouri Association of Realtors, Salvant said, asked the national association for help. He said that the tax could cause as many as 12,000 people or households to be priced out of the market.
The Missouri Association of Realtors' Issues Mobilization political action committee in Columbia donated $1,830,147.57 on Sept. 8, bringing the total donation to "Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation" to $3,048,982.57.
Proposition B, the Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, has also gained significant financial support from out-of-state donors.
The proposition would cap the number of dogs allowed for breeding purposes; require resting periods between breeding; and mandate that breeders have only 50 breeding dogs and feed those animals daily and regularly.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs received more than $1 million in donations from entities statewide and nationally in September. Overall, the organization received 22 donations of more than $5,000, totaling $1,140,000.
Of those 22 donations, 17 came from out-of-state contributors.
Reginald Brack, former chairman and CEO of Time Inc., and his wife Barbara, donated $10,000 to the initiative in September. Cathy Kangas, founder of PRAI Beauty Group Inc. and vice-chairman of Friends for Animals, donated $20,000.
Other large contributions came from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, which donated $250,000, and the Humane Society of the United States in Gaithersburg, Md., which donated $500,000.