Sunday, July 01, 2007
MU lobbyist doles out $1,587 worth of Kenny Chesney tickets to state officials
(This story was revised at approximately noon today. For more information, see the comments section.)
Kenny Chesney's May 18 concert at the Mizzou Sports Arena cost an arm and a leg for country fans who wanted to see him in person.
It did not cost a cent to some Missouri senators and representatives and their wives who received complimentary, top-drawer, $69 tickets, courtesy of University of Missouri lobbyist Stephen Knorr.
Documents posted today on the Missouri Ethics Commission website indicate Knorr gave $1,587 worth of tickets to public officials, including Speaker of the House Rod Jetton and his wife, Cassie, representative and State Senate candidate Tom Dempsey, R. St. Charles, and of course Rep. Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, and his wife, Jasper County Public Administrator Rita Hunter.
Rep. Shannon Cooper, R-Clinton, received five tickets, according to the document, while Rep. Kenny Jones received two and Gus Wagner, who works in the office of Sen. Dan Clemons, R-Marshfield, picked up four.
Others receiving tickets, according to the Ethics Commission documents were Rep. Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, and his wife Debbie; Rep. Timothy Jones, R-Eureka, Rep. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Mayer's wife, Nancy.
The Ethics Commission document indicates two recipients, John Fourere of Attorney General Jay Nixon's office, and Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, reimbursed Knorr for the full amount of the tickets.