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New campaign finance law challenged


Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri's new campaign finance law is being challenged in court.

The law that took effect Monday repeals state limits on individual campaign contributions.

It also prohibits any contributions to those seeking a state office while the Legislature is in session.

A lawsuit filed today contends the fundraising blackout violates free speech protections.

It also claims the entire bill is unconstitutional because it contained too many subjects and was changed from its original purpose.

The lawsuit was filed in Cole County by James Trout, a Democrat who lost a narrow election last November to Republican state House member Kathlyn Fares, of Webster Groves.