Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lobbyist benefits from strong ties to Nixon, Koster

The fnancial tides are changing for lobbyist Chuck Hatfield, who has strong ties to newly installed Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster.

Hatfield, who had only a handful of lobbying clients prior to the new year, now has a dozen, with nine of them added to his roster in 2009.

Missouri Ethics Commission records show Hatfield has signed on as a lobbyist for Monsanto, St. Louis; Peabody Energy, St. Louis; Wind Capital Group, LLC; Anschutz Entertainment Group, Los Angeles, Calif.; Coalition for Quality Medical Equipment, St. Louis; Delta Dental Plan of Missouri; and Mid-America Transplant Services

In addition to the new clients, Ethics Commission records show Hatfield represents R. H. Montgomery Properties, Inc., Sikeston; Stinson, Morrison and Heckler, Jefferson City; and The Cordish Group, Baltimore, Md. and the Public School Retirement System for the School District of Kansas CIty.

This is not the first time Hatfield has had a huge roster of clients, but he wasn't quite as popular during the four years when Matt Blunt was governor.

Hatfield is a former aide to Nixon, and was the power behind the Economic Growth Council, which funneled money into Koster's campaign.

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