As stated on our website and Facebook group, WMSA’s purpose is to support and defend gun owners and firearm rights. This bill, if passed, would require WMSA to disclose our membership and donor lists. WMSA will rigorously defend our privacy and that of our members and donors. We solicit the support of our members, and that of other affected organizations who will also be affected by this bill.
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The bill was discussed in the following article that appeared in the Columbia Daily Tribune on Sunday, December 28, 2014.
A bill introduced by Rep. Caleb Rowden to force more disclosure of political spending received a significant endorsement last week when incoming House Speaker John Diehl said it is a priority for inclusion in a package of changes to state ethics laws.
Rowden’s bill would require corporations or other entities formed under state business laws to report the sources of their funds when spending to influence elections exceeds 25 percent of their annual budget. The bill, said Rowden, R-Columbia, is intended to exempt entities with a wide range of activities from disclosure while putting a spotlight on those with a primary purpose of influencing elections.
Most political spending in Missouri is done by committees defined in law and required to report donations and expenses to the Missouri Ethics Commission. But when an individual, labor union, corporation or a not-for-profit organization spends money directly to influence voters, only the amount spent, not the source of the money, is disclosed.
The complete article can be found on the Columbia Daily Tribune website.
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