Thursday, June 01, 2006
Democrats lead Hall of Shame inductees
The Missouri Senate includes only 11 Democrats in its membership, but five of those 11 are among the top six senators in the amount of gifts received from lobbyists during the first four months of 2006.
April statistics were posted today on the Missouri Ethics Commission website.
Another Democrat placed ninth, giving the party seven of the 10 who made the Turner Report Hall of Shame.
The king among the gift recipients was Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, assistant minority floor leader, at $2,080.26, followed by the only Republican in the top six, David Klindt of Bethany with $1,989.21.
Rounding out the Hall of Shame are:
3. Pat Dougherty, D-St. Louis, $1,191.69
4. Victor Callahan, D-Independence, $1,059.39
5. Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, $1,058.31
6. Rita Days, D-St. Louis, $1,040.37
7. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, $953.35
8. John Louden, R-St. Louis County, $866.64
9. Timothy Green, D-St. Louis, $821.76
10. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, $790.44
The Southwest Missourian receiving the most from lobbyists was Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, who placed 19th at $330.28. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon was 22nd with $294.08, Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, 26th with $235.45; and Norma Champion, R-Springfield, $187.25.
On the other end of the spectrum, two senators, Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and Scott Rupp, R-St. Charles County, did not accept any gifts, while Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield only took $8.33 worth of gifts.
(Photos: From left, Maida Coleman, Victor Callahan, Pat Dougherty, David Klindt, Chuck Graham)