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Today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C101013 LET VOTERS DECIDE [pdf] 10/5/2011

Rex Sinquefield

244 Bent Walnut

Westphalia, MO 65085

Retired

10/3/2011

$1,300,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s no typo, That’s one point three million dollars.

There’s a serious problem with initiative processes driven by one person with deep pockets, especially if we make it more difficult to reverse what turned out to be a really bad idea. No one in politics ever contemplates unintended consequences. And nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.