Out of Missouri's 34 state senators, 13 have received less in lobbyists' gifts than Nodler.
That does not seem so bad since it would place the Joplin Republican almost squarely in the middle. The only problem is the Nodler in question is not Gary Nodler, but his wife, Joncee.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents indicate lobbyists seeking sway with Gary Nodler have given him $1,035 worth of gifts through the first nine months of 2008...while Joncee Nodler has received $888.95 worth, including everything from $534.28 in meals on one day, July 30, from four lobbyists whose client list includes Ameristar Casinos, to a dinner paid for by a Pfizer lobbyist to tickets to University of Missouri football and Springfield Cardinals and St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
Mrs. Nodler's husband, of course, was present during all of these occasions.
Mrs. Nodler's gifts are listed below:
-$30 meal from Integrity Health Care
-Feb. 27, $21.50 meal, Missouri Flagship Council
-March 12, $9.80 meal from Larry Cole, Cornerstone Health
-March 31, $21.78, meal, AT&T
-June 2, $26,39, Springfield Cardinals ticket, Sandy Howard, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
-June 19, $40, St. Louis Cardinals ticket, Calvin Call, Missouri Insurance Coalition
-$23,73, meal, Gary Forsee, University of Missouri
-$534.28 for meals, food, and beverage from lobbyists William Gamble, Jorgen Schlemeier, Sarah Topp, and Betsy Morgan of Gamble & Schlemeier, whose clients include Ameristar Casinos and the Missouri Health Care Association.
-$79.34 meal from Drue Duncan, Pfizer
-$42.40 meal, Gary Forsee, University of Missouri
-$44, MU football tickets, Martin Oetting, University of Missouri
Gary Nodler is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.