Nixon supports campaign donation caps in Missouri

Monday, January 24, 2011 | 8:40 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to reinstate Missouri's limits on campaign donations, but Republican lawmakers are cool to the idea.

Nixon said during his State of the State speech that allowing unlimited campaign donations is "corrosive."

Last year Missouri lawmakers approved ethics legislation that did not include donation limits. Republican leaders say not having donation limits removes the incentive to obscure where campaign donations originate.

House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, says Nixon is hypocritical to demand donation limits while accepting large donations.

According to state campaign finance records, since 2008, Nixon has accepted more than $7 million in checks of at least $5,000. Tilley has received about $1 million in large donations.

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