Rep. Bryan "Big Gun" Stevenson, R-Webb City, collected more in lobbyists' gifts, $623.86 in September, than the other five legislators combined, according to documents posted today on the Missouri Ethics Commission website. Stevenson's total for the first nine months of 2009 is $1,978.80.
Stevenson's total included $320 from Catherine Barrie, Missouri Bar, for "continuing legal education deskboard and supplement," and $323.86 from lobbyist John Bardgett for "travel and hotel expenses."
As usual, when Bardgett is involved, it is impossible to tell just whom he is representing since he invariably lists his own lobbying company, John Bardgett & Associates as the interest he is representing. Bardgett spent $1,519.36 on legislators in September, with every last cent credited to his lobbying firm.
Bardgett's clients include Bank of America, Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association, Pinnacle Entertainment, the St. Louis Cardinals, and numerous other interests.
Two legislators, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Ed Emery, R-Lamar, accepted no gifts in September. Mrs Ruestman has $659.70 for 2009, while Emery has accepted $374.83 worth of gifts.
Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, added $51.75 to his total, bringing his 2009 number to $2,382.72.
Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, had $48.23, with $563.07 for the year, while Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, added $19.80 to bring his total to $514.27.