Political committee shell game must end

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist.

The amount of money in state politics today is out of control and getting worse. A candidate running for the Missouri House should be prepared to raise between $40,000 and $80,000. A prospective senator will need between $100,000 and $300,000. I have no idea how many millions a candidate for governor in the next election will need to raise.

Where does this money come from? Each campaign has to file reports with the Ethics Commission. The reports are posted on a public Web site…