Ban on Lobbyist Gifts Passes Missouri House CommitteeGifts from lobbyists to lawmakers are unlimited under current law.
Political Fundraising and Public ServiceIt used to be called the "lug system" but now political candidates have other methods.
Statehouse Sex Scandals Carry Public Costs and ConsequencesIt's as if politicians have forgotten the lessons of former President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 — but ultimately remained in office — after being accused of lying about his sexual relationship with a White House intern.
Small Business Retirement Plans in the Hands of LobbyistsFinancial advisers will be lobbying Congress this week on 401(k) plans for employees of small businesses.
Koster Announces Self-Imposed Donation LimitsMissouri Attorney General Chris Koster no longer will accept campaign contributions from anyone under investigation by his office.
Missouri Panel Formed to Investigate KosterA panel of state lawmakers has been formed to look into allegations involving lobbyist perks and campaign contributions going to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
Speaker Jones to Set Up Committee to Investigate KosterMissouri Attorney General Chris Koster is called out in a New York Times article saying he called off an investigation into 5-Hour Energy after receiving gifts from lobbyists.
Capitol Perspectives: A Different Perspective on LobbyistsSecretary of State Jason Kander had an interesting observation when he announced his proposal to restrict special interest money in government and politics. "It's easy for politicians to vilify lobbyists," he said.
Lobbyists Get Public Pensions in Missouri and IllinoisMissouri and Illinois among twenty states where that has happened.
Private Lobbyists Getting Public PensionsState lawmakers in Illinois & New Jersey may seek to end process.
Another Attempt at Ethics ReformHouse Democratic Caucus is pressuring the legislature's Republican leadership to reform ethics laws in Missouri.
Lobbyists Pick Up Tab For World Series TicketsLobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games.

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