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Every Voice Praises Introduction of Missouri Anti-Corruption Act

February 3, 2015 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance advocacy group Every Voice applauded Missouri State Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) for legislation he introduced today to give everyday people a bigger voice in the political process.

“We applaud Sen. Schaaf’s effort to crack down on ethics loopholes in Missouri politics while at the same time giving everyday people a bigger voice in the process through encouraging more small donations,” said David Donnelly, president of Every Voice. “Missourians deserve a government that works for them, not big donors, and this bill would be an important step in that direction.”

The bill, according to a release from Sen. Schaaf’s office, would prohibit gifts from lobbyists, strengthen ethics rules, limit the size of contributions and, importantly, empower everyday people in politics through a rebate program on small contributions.

In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explaining his legislation, Sen. Schaaf wrote, “When special interests are the big spenders, what does all of this mean for Missourians? It means that our health care is more expensive than it needs to be. It means that our small businesses lose out to unions and big corporations. And it means that our tax dollars go to waste. This is why I’m introducing a new bill: the Missouri Anti-Corruption Act.”

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