Steve Hunter is just a little more than a month from the end of his eight years as a state representative, but the Joplin Republican is still piling up the lobbyists' gifts up until the last moment. For the first 10 months of 2008, Hunter has picked up $2,466.69 worth of lobbyists' gifts.
Documents just posted on the Missouri Ethics Commission website indicate Hunter and his wife, Jasper County Public Administrator (for the next month) Rita Hunter, received $320 worth of tickets to R&B legend Tina Turner's Oct. 8 concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The freebies were paid for by lobbyist William Gamble of the firm of Gamble & Schlemeier, which numbers among its clients Ameristar Casinos. Though Hunter's gifts from Ameristar have been noted numerous times in The Turner Report, Gamble's report indicates the cost for the tickets was split among the Missouri Beverage Association, Missouri Psychological Association, Missouri Dental Association, Missouri Beverage Association, Missouri Pharmacy Association, Missouri College of Emergency Physicians, and the Missouri Residential Care Association.
The video accompanying this post is a short snippet of Tina Turner's Oct. 8 performance: