Thursday, July 17, 2014
Despite what he said, Reiboldt has taken money from corporate farm interests
According to Thursday's Joplin Globe, Reiboldt answered a question at Wednesday night's debate at the Construction and General Laborers Hall in Joplin by saying, "I haven't taken any money from those companies or their lobbyists."
Missouri Ethics Commission documents beg to differ.
Reiboldt accepted $500 contributions from Monsanto January 22 of this year and November 13, 2012. On August 18, 2012, he accepted one of the biggest contributions he has received, $1,000, from Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Foods also gave him $500 on October 22, 2010, according to the Ethics Commission documents.
While Reiboldt correctly stated he had not personally received any gifts from lobbyists (he always reimburses lobbyists after meals), agricultural companies generally buy the meals for the House Agricultural Policy Committee, of which Reiboldt is the chairman.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents show the committee has received just short of $5,000 in lobbyists' gifts during the past two sessions, including $3,005.93 in 2013, the year in which Reiboldt's bill passed.
Those paying for the lunches and breakfasts for the legislators included Daniel Kleinsorge, the lobbyist for Missouri Farmers Care, the group which has led the fight for the passage of Amendment 1.
On April 3, 2013, Kleinsorge paid $119.29 for a meal for the committee, while on January 17, 2013, he footed the bill for a breakfast to the tune of $209.58.
Other agricultural interests who have made sure Reiboldt's committee doesn't grow hungry during its deliberations included the Missouri Soybean Association, the Missouri Cattleman's Association, Farm Bureau, The Missouri Corn Growers Association, the Missouri Federation of Animal Growers, the Missouri Agribusiness Associaiton, which spent more than $300 for dinner at the Jefferson City Country Club, the Missouri Pork Association,