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Progress Missouri Files Complaint With Ethics Commission Regarding Lobbyists’ Abuse of 'Group Expenditure' Loophole

JEFFERSON CITY - Progress Missouri filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Tuesday regarding the improper reporting of gifts to just five Republican legislators on an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) junket as gifts to the "Entire General Assembly." 

Gary Cross's ALEC Junket

ALEC politicians are wined and dined at ALEC events, then asked to take bills back to capitols to present as their own

In late 2011, as most reps were home preparing bills for the coming legislative session, Gary Cross was instead attending an ALEC junket in Scottsdale, Arizona. While there, Cross was wined and dined by lobbyists who gave him their bills to bring back to Missouri and present as his own. In just two days, they spent more than $250 on food and drink for Cross, including a $156 dinner at the swanky Mastro’s Ocean Club Steakhouse.

ALEC's Power in Missouri: Exposed

Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, numerous ALEC model bills are crafted by corporations, for corporations. Elected officials who are members of ALEC then bring their model legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and important public policy innovations without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with legislators who are part of ALEC.

Standing Up to ALEC in Kansas City

Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, numerous ALEC model bills are crafted by corporations, for corporations.

Sinquefield's Top Lobbyist a Featured Speaker for Latest ALEC Junket

Last year, the Associated Press broke the news that one of Rex Sinquefield's front groups, Pelopidas, was a 'six-figure financial sponsor' of the American Legislative Exchange Council. This year, the partnership between Sinquefield, Travis Brown (leader of Pelopidas and Sinquefield's top lobbyist), and the ALEC corporate bill mill continues: 

It's Junket Time Again! ALEC Legislators Head to Dallas for Corporate Dating Service's Annual Meetings

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will host more than 1,000 state legislators at its annual conference this week in Dallas. This week’s meeting follows ALEC’s recent visit to Kansas City, at which self-serving politicians from across the country met with corporate and special interest lobbyists behind closed doors to vote on "model" legislation to change our state laws on behalf of ALEC’s corporate members.

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