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Mississippi Governor vetoes campaign finance bill

THUMBS DOWN: To Gov. Haley Barbour, who torpedoed several months' worth of outstanding work by state lawmakers Friday when he vetoed an important campaign finance reform bill.

In the process, Barbour has effectually ended any efforts this year to revamp Mississippi's campaign finance laws.

House Bill 1244 would have initiated a number of important reforms. In particular, it would have required political candidates to disclose the source of loans to their campaigns, and required all nonprofit groups that name candidates in their political ads to disclose the source of contributions of $200 or more.

But Barbour found fault with one particular provision in the bill - the requirement that would have limited what businesses can give to political action committees. -- Governor vetoes key reform bill (hattiesburgamerican.com)