I am skeptical when Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says that Ameren's political contributions have no effect on pushing forward a plan for construction of a new nuclear plant.
If that's the case, then that leaves us to believe the company simply makes contributions out of a sense of public spirit and expects nothing in return.
As Jon Lovitz' character used to say on Saturday Night Live, "Yeah, that's the ticket."
Ameren is fattening the bank accounts of politicians on both sides of the aisle. I noted in an earlier post, the $15,000 Richard has received from the company (which doesn't have any affect on his decisions whatsoever).
In fairness, it should be noted that the State Democratic Committee received a $10,000 contribution from the company Thursday. My guess is it won't have any affect on Democrats' votes either.