WE NEED COMPREHENSIVE ETHICS REFORM


CLOSE THE REVOLVING DOOR

Confidence in the integrity of Missouri’s government is undermined when the perception persists that legislators consider elected office as springboards to more lucrative positions and put the interests of potential future employers ahead of their constituents. I support a minimum of at least a two year waiting period before a Missouri legislator can become a lobbyist. This session Governor Nixon signed into law a bill that imposed a six-month waiting period before legislators become lobbyists. That is not long enough. As Governor I would sign into a law a bill that increased the time period to at least two years.

 

BAN LOBBYIST GIFTS

Missouri is the only state without limits on the amount of gifts legislators can accept from lobbyists. We must fight to restore the public trust in our elected officials. I support a ban on lobbyists gifts to legislators and statewide elected officials. 

 

IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY OF POLITICAL AD SPENDING

Missouri’s unlimited campaign contribution law was put in place to create transparency. However, too many bad actors have found ways to circumvent disclosure through such means as creating sham non-profits or using federal Super PACs to donate to committees. Missourians have a right to know who is bankrolling campaigns and influencing elections. As governor, I will work closely with the Missouri Ethics Commission (“MEC”) and the legislature to enact effective reforms that will increase transparency and clean-up campaign finance in Missouri.

 

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