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The current annual salary for a United States Senator or a United States Representative is $174,000.00. Missouri state senators receive an annual salary of $35,915. Members of the Missouri House of Representatives receive an annual salary of $35,915.

You get the picture.

A bill pre-filed in the Missouri Senate on December 1st:

SB 48
Modifies provisions relating to filing fees for candidate for certain offices
Sponsor: Libla
LR Number: 0297S.01I
[….]
Last Action: 12/1/2016 – Prefiled
[….]
Effective Date:
August 28, 2017

The bill summary:

SB 48 – Under current law, in order to file a declaration for office a candidate is required to submit the following fees to the treasurer of the state central political party committee:
• For a statewide office or for United States Senator, a fee of $200;
• For Congressman, circuit judge, or state senator, a fee of $100; and
• For state representative, a fee of $50.

Under this act, candidates for such offices shall submit a fee equal to 10% of the salary for the office for which the candidate is seeking nomination.

[emphasis added]

Right. Wouldn’t want anyone’s grassroots campaign to get in the way now, would we?