It went down to the wire, but Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, edged Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, for most lobbyists' gifts accepted by an area senator during July.
According to Missouri Ethics Commission documents show Nodler accepted $499.29 in July, while Scott raked in $485.
Nodler's gift were described in a post earlier today. Scott, the chairman of the Senate Financial, Governmental Organizations, and Elections Committee, received $395 in "entertainment" for a baseball game July 6 from John Bardgett, Jr., lobbyist for Bank of America, the St. Louis Cardinals, and various other interests. As usual, Bardgett's disclosure form says he was lobbying for his own lobbying firm, Bardgett & Associates.
To round out his sports activities for the month, Scott received a $90 in gifts, described as "golf tournament" on July 15 from Arthur Martinez, lobbyist for Centurytel. For the year, Scott has received $837.25 worth of lobbyists' gifts.
Two southwest Missouri senators, Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Dan Clemens, R-Marshfield, did not accept any gifts in July, or in June either for that matter. Goodman has $509.58 for the year, while Clemens has accepted $977.28.
The only gift reported by Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, was $45 for meals, food, and beverage from Kevin Vossen, representing AT&T. Mrs. Champion has received $298.06 worth of gifts in 2007.