Nodler only had $68.96 in gifts from lobbyists during August, according to the Ethics Commission documents, two tickets to a "ball game" provided by Sandy Howard of Springfield Chamber of Commerce. One of those tickets was provided by Howard, who also provided another $434.68 ticket to Mrs. Nodler. The disclosure report indicates Nodler solicited yet a third $34.48 ticket. (The ticket for Mrs. Nodler is included on the lobbyist's report, but not on the page for Nodler, a practice the Ethics Commission needs to change.)
The commenters jumped all over my comment that Nodler had solicited a ticket. I suggest they examine lobbyist Sandy Howard's report a bit more carefully. At the top, under the category "solicitation expenditures," a $34.48 ticket for Sen. Nodler is listed. The solicitation category is reserved for gifts that are requested by the legislator.
Yes, I made a typo with the $434.68, and I apologize for not catching it. At the same time, as usual, Nodler's one or two rabid supporters are trying to use that mistake to cover up the basic fact that Nodler not only is the recipient of lobbyists' gifts, but at least is in this instance, he openly requested one.
And as for the commenter who claims that there were only two tickets, please check your facts. The disclosure report for Sen. Nodler, based on the lobbyists' reports, indicates he received two tickets, one of which lobbyist Sandy Howard of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce gave him, the other which he quite obviously asked for.