House Speaker Tim Jones today issued the following statement in response to a recent New York Times article that exposed an alleged pay-to-play scheme within the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster:
“The thorough investigative work of one of our nation’s most prominent news outlets has exposed what appears to be an egregious violation of the public’s trust perpetuated by Attorney General Koster. Missourians expect and deserve public officials who will defend their rights and, in this case, protect them from the deceptive marketing practices of unscrupulous corporations.
' nstead they have an Attorney General who apparently makes filling his campaign coffers his top priority rather than fulfilling his oath to the people of Missouri to uphold our laws. I am deeply disturbed by the multiple examples of apparent pay-to-play schemes uncovered by the New York Times, and am currently examining the options we have as a legislative body to further investigate these allegations and ensure that Attorney General Koster is held accountable for his actions.”