Gov. Matt Blunt acted in the best interest of democracy when he signed a law repealing Missouri’s campaign contribution limits (7/12, Local). Voters and candidates will be able to exercise their First Amendment rights more effectively as a result.
Challenger candidates will be able to raise funds more effectively, allowing them to compete with the name recognition, media access and existing donor base that incumbents already have. Better-funded challengers will be able to campaign more effectively and create a more informed public.
By limiting contributions, Missouri was limiting political speech. Missourians should be thrilled that Gov. Blunt has repealed these restrictions and allowed political speech to flourish.
Communications associate, Center for Competitive Politics