State of Missouri Archives: on Government Reform


Jay Nixon: Re-institute strict campaign contribution limits

The single most destructive force to our system is the unlimited sums of money pouring into the campaign accounts of candidates seeking public office. We must institute--we must re-institute--strict campaign contribution limits.

Each time a wealthy individual or business or special interest sends a check for $20,000 or $100,000 to a candidate, the public's trust erodes a little bit more. I've led the fight for campaign contribution limits for many years. As Attorney General, I stood before the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully argued in support of Missouri's contribution limits. And as Governor, I stood before you every year and made the case for them.

This year, if the Legislature does not send a campaign contribution limit bill to my desk, I will do everything in my power to get it on the ballot and make sure it passes. The people of Missouri have voiced their opinion on this matter already at the ballot box and their support for contribution limits was overwhelming.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Missouri Legislature Jan 28, 2013

Todd Akin: Get rid of Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce

Steelman felt she was a trustee of the people in a constitutional republic form of government.

Akin advocated for getting rid of the Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce. The representative believes every bill before Congress should have a webpage dedicated to why a certain bill is constitutional or not.

Source: Yahoo.com coverage of KYTV 2012 Missouri Senate debate May 27, 2012

Todd Akin: Reversing 17th Amendment gives power back o the states

Each candidate responded to whether the 17th Amendment should be repealed. The amendment deals with the direct election of senators. Brunner stated it was "hard" for a citizen-senator to come forward and run for office due to the amount of time and money involved.

Akin believed the election of senators is a state vs. federal rights issue. He believed "reversing" the 17th Amendment would put more power back into the states.

Source: Yahoo.com coverage of KYTV 2012 Missouri Senate debate May 27, 2012

Todd Akin: Denounces intrusive government regulations and ObamaCare

All three candidates denounced intrusive government regulations, which they say are hurting businesses and farmers and hindering the economic recovery. They also support repealing the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Saturday's debate was the first featuring all there Republican candidates for the August primary.
Source: KSDK coverage of 2012 Missouri Senate debate Feb 19, 2012

Robin Carnahan: Pledges to not seek earmarks if elected

The two also differed over earmarks, which are funding requests for local projects inserted into federal spending bills. Carnahan accused Blunt of accepting too many and pledged not to seek any if elected. House Republicans, including Blunt, have banned earmark requests, but only for this year. "For you to come back to Missouri and pretend to be a reformer, I just don't think Missourians buy it," Carnahan said.
Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members

Carnahan repeatedly criticized Blunt for ties to lobbyists. He has taken $200,500 from lobbyists this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, tops among current House members. "Even your own party thought you were too tainted by these special deals & relationships with lobbyists," she said.

Blunt rejected the criticism, contending that some Senate candidates have taken more money from lobbying groups. He criticized a federal grant to Carnahan's brother for a wind farm project.

Carnahan responded that she had nothing to do with her brother's business. The federal government previously has provided tax incentives to boost renewable energy. The stimulus package offered cash payments instead of tax credits for wind-energy projects. The U.S. Treasury Department has said it had no discretion in deciding who qualified.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Carnahan's $107M wind energy project created only 16 jobs

Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money," Blunt said.

But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members

Carnahan repeatedly criticized Blunt for ties to lobbyists. He has taken $200,500 from lobbyists this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, tops among current House members. "Even your own party thought you were too tainted by these special deals & relationships with lobbyists," she said.

Blunt rejected the criticism, contending that some Senate candidates have taken more money from lobbying groups. He criticized a federal grant to Carnahan's brother for a wind farm project.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Ban earmark requests, but only for this year

The two also differed over earmarks, which are funding requests for local projects inserted into federal spending bills. Carnahan accused Blunt of accepting too many and pledged not to seek any if elected. House Republicans, including Blunt, have banned earmark requests, but only for this year. "For you to come back to Missouri and pretend to be a reformer, I just don't think Missourians buy it," Carnahan said.
Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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