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CLEAN Missouri

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Campaign Description

We're taking a desperately needed legislative reform measure directly to voters to make our state government more transparent, limit the power of big money in our legislature, and ensure we're able to hold legislators accountable when they fail to act in the public interest.

  • Require that legislative records be open to the public: by ensuring that the legislature operate under the same open records law as other public entities in Missouri
  • Require politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists: after the conclusion of their final legislative session
  • Eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly: by banning any single gift worth more than $5 - that means no more steak dinners, expensive booze, junkets or sports tickets. This rule would eliminate more than 99% of the lobbyist gift giving happening in Missouri
  • Lower Campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates: to limit the influence of big money and lobbyists in state government.
    1. Establish new campaign contribution limits for General Assembly candidates— $2,500 for state senate, and $2,000 for state house.
    2. Limit the ability of individuals and organizations to circumvent caps by counting money from single-source committees towards totals for original, actual donors.
    3. Stop legislative fundraising on state property.
  • Ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census: by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission
  1. Add fairness and competitiveness as required criteria for new district maps
  2. Protect the political power of minority communities against vote dilution
  3. Ask an independent state demographer to lead on technical work in creating district maps, instead of entrusting political appointees to do all of that work

 

 

 

 

 

                    

What's New

CLEAN Missouri campaign is one of our priority campaigns under the Democracy 365 umbrella to achieve increased access and participation in democracy across the United States. The ballot Initiative campaign is working to put people above big money, lobbyists, and special interests. In addition, the Raise UP Missouri (minimum wage ballot initiative) is moving a vital economic justice reform that aligns closely with CLEAN Missouri. A just economy demands a just democracy.

The Democracy Initiative coordinated a day of action with both campaigns.

On Saturday, March 3: Local DI partner advocates who joined togther with others across the social justice movement collected signatures for the CLEAN Missouri and RaiseUp Missouri ballot initiatives to bring a fair and transparent democracy to the state legislature and raise the minimum wage. Thanks for the local members from Jobs with Justice, Sierra Club, and NAACP who were among the roughly 60 people out on the streets across three cities - Jefferson City, Kansas City, and St. Louis. 

Here is a link to the messaging toolkit including sample email language, message frames, social media content. We encourage you to modify as needed.

Together we can increase integrity, transparency and accountability in government and raise the standard of living in Missouri -- but we can’t do it without your help

It’s going to take a lot of people power, one voter at a time, to make sure the CLEAN Missouri amendment and minimum wage increase goes before voters this November, and we need your members to help get this initiatives on the November ballot!

The next opportunity to engage with the campaign will be on Saturday, March 17. To get involved, email Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

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