Ethics Commission rules on campaign law

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | 4:25 p.m. CDT; updated 1:28 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Ethics Commission has decided that political candidates may be in violation of state law for receiving money in excess of the state’s recently reinstated campaign contribution laws.

But the method by which the commission made its decision has raised questions about whether it may have violated Missouri’s open meetings laws.

The Ethics Commission is grappling with how to implement a Supreme Court decision that tossed out a Missouri law repealing the individual contribution limits.

The six-member ethics commission met in secret for an hour before reconvening in a public session and unanimously passing a motion with no discussion.

An attorney for Missouri Republicans immediately objected, saying the commission may have violated the Sunshine Law.

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