Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stevenson, Emery, Ruestman accept Sinquefield cash

Missouri Ethics Commission documents show Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, received $7,375 from committees formed by retired billionaire and educational voucher supporter Rex Sinquefield.

The payments were all made on March 24, according to the committees' quarterly disclosure forms. That was apparently too late for them to appear on Stevenson's quarterly disclosure form.

This is not the first time Stevenson has received big bucks from Sinquefield. During the months in 2007 when campaign contribution limits were eliminated, Sinquefield gave Stevenson $7,500 on July 16, three days before the Missouri Supreme Court restored the limits. Stevenson later returned all but $325 of the $7,500.

Stevenson was not the only Joplin-area legislator who welcomed a Sinquefield cash infusion. Ethics Commission records indicate Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, received $2,175, and Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, picked up $1,000. The Emery and Ruestman contributions were made on March 31 and did not show up on the quarterly campaign report.

As noted in the April 6 Turner Report, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, received $9,750 from Sinquefield.

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