Your Opinion: Amendment 1 puts families before lobbyists, money

Jefferson City News Tribune

Every year, state politicians say they’ll pass real ethics reform — and every year they fail. Years of lip service have gotten us nothing. Now is the people’s chance to do it ourselves by passing Amendment 1 to clean up Missouri politics.

Of course, the politicians, powerful lobbyists, and big money donors are trying to stop Amendment 1. Why would they want to eliminate all expensive lobbyist gifts when they take an average of nearly $900,000 every year in free trips, carts of liquor and concert tickets?

The policies in Amendment 1 are strong, common-sense, nonpartisan reforms that have been vetted and endorsed by leading reformers across the political spectrum, including the League of Women Voters, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, and Republican attorney Trevor Potter at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.

Amendment 1 will make Missouri families the priority in Jefferson City — instead of just wealthy donors and special interests.

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