On the same day that an anonymous attack ad has been launched, branding Springfield auctioneer Billy Long as a tool of special interests, his two main competitors for the GOP Seventh District Congress nomination have reported receiving four-figure contributions from lobbyists.
As noted earlier in the day, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, received $1,360 from federal lobbyist Gregg Hartley, a former assistant to current Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt. This afternoon, the campaign committee for Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon reported a $1,000 contribution from state lobbyist Mark Rhoades.
The 48-hour report filed with the FEC indicated Goodman received the contribution Saturday.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents show a wide variety of lobbying clients for Rhoads including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cash America International, Harrah's, Met Life, and Missouri Insurance Coalition.