Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doubletalk in Jefferson City

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doubletalk in Jefferson City

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Partisan politics are likely to get in the way of a clean vote by Missourians on limiting contributions to political campaigns - unless the state courts act to bring clarity and balance to the matter. At issue is the ballot language describing a proposal to limit the amount of money that may be contributed to candidates for public office.

Missourians for Fair Elections, a group headed by former Secretary of State Roy Blunt, has filed suit against Mr. Blunt's Democratic successor, Judith Moriarty. Mr. Blunt's group is contesting the wording Ms. Moriarty has proposed to describe the ballot proposal that Missourians for Fair Elections is trying to put before the voters.

Under state law, the language summarizing a ballot proposal may not be more than 35 words. Mr. Blunt's group wrote a description that somewhat awkwardly summarizes the limits that would be imposed for various races - $1,000, $500 and $250 - depending on the race and the size of a candidate's constituency. …

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