Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Hunter tops Southwest Missouri in lobbyists' gifts
Term limits may be beckoning for Rep. Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, but he shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to his relationships with lobbyists.
Documents filed earlier this month with the Missouri Ethics Commission show Hunter accepted more gifts from lobbyists than any of southwest Missouri's 16 representatives.
Hunter collected $295.67 worth of gifts, including four unspecified tickets worth $132 from lobbyist Michelle Galloway, representing Missouri Energy Development Association on Jan. 8, and a $77 meal from Francis Flotron, Flotron & McIntosh the following day.
Only two other southwest Missouri representatives, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, cracked $200 for the month. Richard recorded $213.32, including a $25 MU basketball ticket and a $13 dinner from Gregory Gaffke, lobbyist for Embarq on Jan. 30, and a $43.02 meal from Gary Burton, Missouri Council of School Administrators Jan. 31. Parson received $213.41, including an $85.72 meal provided by Phillip Schnieders, Missouri Automobile Dealers Association.
Other Southwest Missouri representatives, their totals, and top givers include:
Ed Emery, R-Lamar, $98.24, John Kristan Jones, Sprint Nextel, $39.19 lunch
Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, $59.28, Samuel Licklider, Missouri Association of Realtors, $19.98 meal.
B. J. Marsh, R-Springfield- Accepted no lobbyists' gifts
Charlie Norr, D-Springfield, $51.05, David Martin, Empire District Electric Company, $19 meal.
Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, $55.74, Gary Burton, Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, $30.73 and $19.21 meals
Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, $78.38, Jerry Burch, Missouri State University, Governor's Prayer Breakfast, $30
Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, $22.92, Sara Schuett, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, $13.10, meal. Ms. Schuett also paid $39.30 for meals for three of Stevenson's interns.
Jim Viebrock, R-Republic, $129.03, David Hale, Missouri Hospital Association, $63.57 meal
Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, $102.31, Gary Burton, Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, $44.39 meal
Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, accepted no gifts from lobbyists
Dennis Wood, R-Kimberling City, $83.35, Larry Cole, Cornerstone, four meals worth $58.35 total
Don Ruzicka, R-Mount Vernon, $70.65, Jerry Burch, Missouri State University, $30 for Governor's Prayer Breakfast
David Sater, R-Cassville, $25.75, Gary Cole, Cornerstone Health, $25.75 meal.