Schupp issues statement on Senate’s failure to increase transparency in elections

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, today offered an amendment that would have increased reporting requirements for political action committees (PACs) and other groups categorized as 501(c)(4) organizations. It did not receive enough votes to pass.

“This was an enormous missed opportunity that would’ve drastically changed the election process by adding more transparency and accountability.  Instead, the body voted to continue to allow special interests to buy our elections under the cover of darkness,” Schupp said. “I’m deeply disappointed that so many colleagues voted ‘No,’ and recognize that Missourians who are gearing up for another round of elections may feel that their voices are being drowned out by the dark money in politics.”

The amendment would have required 501(c)4 organizations which are involved with electioneering activities to file electronic spending reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission.  All of the disclosures would be public record. The amendment language is identical to Schupp’s SB 808.

To pass, an amendment requires a simple majority of votes. The amendment failed by a vote of 15 to 15. Two senators were absent.

 

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Jill Schupp for State Senate
418 North Mosley, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314) 225-1410 [email protected]
jillschupp.com

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