Missouri expands campaign finance records database

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 7:15 a.m. CDT; updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 25, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Ethics Commission is making it easier to see how much money is being spent on ballot measures.

The commission has expanded the searchable database of campaign finance records to include committees formed to support or oppose a ballot measure. State law requires groups that receive or spend money for ballot measures to form a committee at least 30 days before the election.

Ethics commission officials say they developed a way to search those records more easily in order to boost transparency.

They also plan to allow searches for political action committees that report spending money for a ballot measure.

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