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How Far Will $100k Get You With Greitens?

The DeVos family's influence reaches far beyond Michigan borders--they recently gave $100,000 in donations to Governor-elect Eric Greitens.

What's the Difference Between Greitens and Scott Walker? Not Much.

Last weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came down to Missouri to stump for his new BFF -- Eric Greitens.

Walker is best known for an agenda that attacks workers' rights, women's access to reproductive heath care, and a reliance upon dark money and shady laundering schemes.

Eric Greiten’s unaccounted for $2 million from “SEALS for Truth” reads like a stepping stone to Scott Walker’s infamous John Doe case.

September 2016 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for September 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the  Missouri House and Senate. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

August 2016 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for August 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the House and Senate. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

Important note: Legislators may choose to reimburse lobbyists until the 15th. This will be reflected in next month’s report.

Senator Mike Parson Likes Lobbyist Gifts...."Ethics Reform" Not So Much

Right before the Republican primaries, Bubs Hohulin, former Chief of Staff for Senator Mike Parson, shared a public Facebook post outlining why he can’t vote for his former boss.

He followed up with the KC Star, saying that he will vote for Russ Carnahan, Parson’s Democratic opponent in the general election.

Hohulin noticed that Parson’s policy comprehension isn’t the greatest. Also, ETHICS.

THIS is what "Ethics Reform" looks like?

To kick off veto session, former senator turned Sinquefield-funded lobbyist, Tom Dempsey, took to the Senate dais.

His former colleague Sen. Mike Parson sent out a tweet celebrating his return.

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

This week, Auditor Nicole Galloway released her Report on the General Assembly which called out the House and Senate for various unethical practices such as using their own private (and unconstitutional) slush funds for free meals, a general lack of transparency, and weak sexual harassment policies.

June 2016 #MoLeg Lobbyist Gift Rankings

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for June 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate.

Advocates Speak Out Against Kurt Schaefer's Power Move to Privatize Medicaid

Sen. Kurt Schaefer jammed through legislation during the budget process in 2015 that could privatize the majority Medicaid services in Missouri. He has received hefty contributions from health care companies, and his former Chief of Staff is currently lobbying for the Missouri Association of Health Plans.

Rowden's Ethics Reform Claims Meaningless

At the beginning of the last legislative session, ethics reform was hot--legislators were nearly tripping over each other to tell any reporter with a pen or microphone how much they believed in bringing robust ethics reform back to the Capitol.

So what did we end up with? A meaningless measure barring lawmakers and other statewide elected officials from becoming lobbyists until six months after the end of their terms.

Here's the best part: There are seven months between legislative sessions.

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