Sunday, April 26, 2009

Post-Dispatch traces laundered contributions to developer

So much for the idea that allowing unlimited campaign contributions will serve to spread some sunshine in the dark corners of Missouri politics.

Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a detailed article on how developer Jeffrey Smith has laundered money through 10 shadow committees to Democrats and Republicans.

Smith's donations, Messenger points out, include $10,000 to House Majority Leader Steve Tilley... who also serves as chairman of the House Ethics Committee.

And Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says there is no time or need to discuss ethics during thie legislative session?

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