Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: Missouri Ethics Commission discloses campaign contributions received by candidates. To ensure transparency and accountability, the commission has the power to enforce conflict of interest and lobbying laws.
Why you'd want them: To know who is supporting your favorite or least favorite candidates. Campaign finance is a highly debated issue, as some argue it affects the outcome of an election.
Where you get the records: Go to Missouri Ethics Commission's website at mec.mo.gov/ and search for "48 Hour Report of Contributions Over $5,000."
How much it will cost: The information is free.