June 8, 2016 •
St. Louis, MO Considering a Limit on Political Contributions
St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie recently introduced legislation to limit campaign contributions to local candidates.
Board Bill No. 53 prohibits candidates from accepting contributions exceeding $10,000 per city election from any person, entity, or committee. The amount would increase in April in each odd numbered year to coincide with any increase in the consumer price index.
Ogilvie’s proposal also defines election periods for the purposes of contribution limits, creates a Municipal Officials and Officers Ethics Commission, makes contributions from minors age 16 or younger attributable to parents or guardians, and sets penalties for violations of the bill.
If passed, the ordinance would be effective April 6, 2017.
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