Add two more lobbyist-paid meals to the Nodler total for 2009.
And those are just for Joncee Nodler, wife of Senate Appropriations Commnittee Chairman Gary Nodler, R-Joplin.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents posted today showed that lobbyists paid for two meals for Mrs. Nodler in February. David Hale, lobbyist for the Missouri Hospital Association, bought her a $15 meal Feb. 16, while Gary Burton, representing the city of Joplin, came across with $32.20 in meal money Feb. 18. Mrs. Nodler's husband, of course, was present on both occasions.
Added with Gary Nodler's lobbyists' gifts and the man and wife tag team duo collected $116.49 in lobbyists' gifts in February.
Gary Nodler's total for the first two months of 2009 is $494.17, according to the Ethics Commission documents, while Mrs. Nodler has received $84.20, for a combined total of $578.37.
Paul Kincaid, representing Missouri State University, paid $37 apiece for the Nodlers to attend the "MSU Salute to Legislators Basketball Game."
The Nodlers received $3,252.56 in lobbyists' gifts during 2008, according to Ethics Commission documents.
Nodler picked up $1,913.27 of that amount, while Mrs. Nodler received $1,339.29 in gifts.
In the Dec. 31 Turner Report, I detailed gifts the Nodlers received from lobbyist Travis Brown, representing billionaire Rex Sinquefield:
Nodler, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and his wife Joncee, received $1,135.98 in meals and lodging from Sinquefield's lobbyist Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, according to the documents. On Nov. 7, each of the Nodlers received $162.13 for meals, with the total increasing to $286.21 apiece for meals the following day.
Nodler received lodging totaling $239.30 on Nov. 7.
In the Nov. 1, 2008, Turner Report, I detailed the gifts Mrs. Nodler received during the first 10 months of the year:
-$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