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Judge rejects cost estimate for Missouri initiative

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (AP) — A Missouri judge has struck down the cost estimate but upheld the language voters would see on a proposed ballot measure limiting some campaign contributions.

The initiative would cap donations to candidates for statewide office and the Legislature at $2,600. Missouri repealed limits on campaign contributions in 2008.

Retired investment executive Rex Sinquefield challenged the ballot summary prepared by the secretary of state’s office and the state auditor’s estimate of the measure’s cost to the government. Sinquefield has given millions of dollars to campaigns.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Tuesday ruled the ballot summary satisfactory but found the cost estimate to be insufficient and unfair. He returned it to the auditor’s office, which was reviewing the decision Wednesday.

Proponents hope to get the question on the 2014 ballot.

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