picked up on my post yesterday about the more than $7,000 in lobbyists' gifts Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, D-Kansas City, received in 2012.
Tony noted that just about everybody is playing the game in Jefferson City, a conclusion with which Rep. Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, strongly disagreed:
I am a third term member of the Missouri House and your piece about Senator Curls contains a bit of misinformation. "Everyone does not do it"...take/solicited gifts from lobbyists and the amount is out of the ordinary. The Post Dispatch ran an article about a freshman member of the House on the Utilities Committee that took $8K in tickets and entertainment from AT&T and Ameren. Did he do anything wrong? I don't know, but it looks bad. I am afraid the attitude that the legislators are all for sale hurts many of us who maintain a $0 balance with the Ethics Commission. I want you to realize - we don't all participate.