Jay Nixon on Government Reform

Missouri Democratic Governor

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

Will balance Missouri budget & keep AAA bond rating

"Unlike the folks in Washington, D.C., we balance our budgets here in Missouri each and every year," Gov. Nixon said. "We must protect Missouri's spotless AAA bond rating and keep the state's fiscal house in order. That's why comprehensive tax credit reform is essential."
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Special Session" , Aug 22, 2011

Free TV to candidates who agree to campaign spending limits

Source: MO Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

Other governors on Government Reform: Jay Nixon on other issues:

MO Senatorial:
Claire McCaskill

Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D) vs.Bevin(R)
LA: Vitter(R) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D)
MS: Bryant(R) vs.Slater(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(D) vs.Carney(R)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R)
OR: Brown(D)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Matheson(D)
VT: Shumlin(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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