Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Speaker of the House tops Joplin area legislators in lobbyists' gifts for July
Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, topped Joplin area legislators with $359.42 in lobbyists' gifts in July, according to documents posted this morning on the Missouri Ethics Commission website.
The gifts pushed Richard into the list of representatives who have received more than $2,000 in gifts this year. His total is $2,265.67.
Two of the gifts, a $63.25 dinner and a $273.48 in lodging and travel, were provided by Rodney Boyd, lobbyist for Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal.
The only gift received by Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, was a $15.19 meal from Warren Wood, Missouri Energy Development Association. Emery's total for 2009 is $246.75.
Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, also had only one gift, a $23 meal from Larry Cole, Cornerstone Health. Flanigan's total is $498.84.
The other three area legislators, Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City; and Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, did not have any gifts in July.
Mrs. Ruestman has received $659.70 for 2009, Stevenson $1,284.94, and Wilson $494.47.