For Sen. Norma Champion, it was ballgames. Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, had dinners with his wife (and lobbyists). All Dan Clemens, R-Marshfield, received was one lousy dinner. Gary Nodler received a sports ticket for himself, one for his wife, and specifically asked for another one.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents posted Monday show southwest Missouri's senators had numerous dealings with lobbyists in August, especially Scott and Nodler.
Only one, Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, did not accept any lobbyists' gifts. Goodman has not accepted any since May 21, according to Ethics Commission documents.
Delbert Scott- Scott received $263.52 worth of lobbyists' gifts in August, and the total increases to $313.43 when you include two meals lobbyists bought for Scott's wife Donna, according to the documents.
It was actually three meals for the Scotts, but one lobbyist, Charles Simino listed them together for $49.96. The other two meals, $27.66 and $22.19, came from Charles Bryan Cox, representing American Council of Life Insurers, and Larry Pleus, Laclede Gas Company.
Apparently, Pleus only paid half of the meal's cost, with another $22.19 for Scott and a like amount for Mrs. Scott, paid by Michelle Galloway, lobbyist for Missouri Energy Development Association.
Others buying mealas for Scott were: Jarrett Sage, Missouri Independent Bankers Association (Scott heads the Senate's banking committee) $20; and Mel Nicholson, SSM Health Care, $120.
Gary Nodler- Nodler only had $68.96 in gifts from lobbyists during August, according to the Ethics Commission documents, two tickets to a "ball game" provided by Sandy Howard of Springfield Chamber of Commerce. One of those tickets was provided by Howard, who also provided another $34.48 ticket to Mrs. Nodler. The disclosure report indicates Nodler solicited yet a third $34.48 ticket. (The ticket for Mrs. Nodler is included on the lobbyist's report, but not on the page for Nodler, a practice the Ethics Commission needs to change.)
Norma Champion- Sen. Champion was also in the mood to watch sporting activities, according to the disclosure reports. Howard paid $34,48 for a "ball game" ticket for her on Aug. 21 and Paul Kincaid, Missouri State University, paid $16.67 for a skybox ticket for an MSU football game on Aug. 30.
Dan Clemens- Clemens received one meal, worth $20, from Sage representing Missouri Independent Bankers Association.
(Revisions have been made to this report. For more information, check the comments, and the later post on this subject.)