A showdown is occurring in Missouri between the governor and many in the legislature.
Once the state passes its budget, meaningful reforms could be discussed. At the center of the debate is dark money disclosure and how a new 501c4 designed to support Governor Greitens, A New Missouri Inc., is operating.
The well-funded group has even taken to launching attack ads that include the personal cell-phone numbers of the legislators it views as opponents. Senior advisors to the group and to the governor have engaged in a public war of words with those same legislators and have promised more is coming.
Governor Greitens campaigned on strong ethics reform and has accused lawmakers of dragging their feet on a lobbying reform and on term limits. In 2016 alone, Missouri legislators accepted $453,849 in personal gifts from lobbyists- more than $2,300 per official in free meals, entertainment, and trips.
Despite his attacks, those who are calling out the governor, led by Senator Rob Schaff have pledged eagerness to move on such legislation.
Will Missourians be able to get a real reform measure on gifts from lobbyists? Will a Dark Money Disclosure Act pass? Will Governor Greitens and legislators be able to come together? It will be worth tracking.
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