A Washington-based casino lobbyist has cast his vote, financially at least since he is not a registered Newton County voter, in favor of Marilyn Ruestman for presiding commissioner.
Though he is not labeled as a lobbyist on Mrs. Ruestman's eight-day report (no occupation is given) the biggest contributor listed on that report was Alan Mauk, head of Mauk & Associates, Alexandria, Va. a powerful lobbying firm that among its other clients represents the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, owner of Downstream Casino, which is located in Newton County. Mauk also represents the Chickasaw tribe's casino interests.
Missouri Ethics Commission records show that the campaign contribution is listed by Mauk as a lobbyist gift for the month of June. That report was posted on the MEC website this morning. The gift was listed as being on behalf of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.