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Tue June 4, 2013
Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000
Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:09 am
April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent lobbyist disclosures.
The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. As we've detailed before, it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.
On the individual recipient side, Republican Senator Ryan Silvey should feel more comfortable with his lead. Silvey has received $5,318.10 in gifts from lobbyists, more than any other individual legislator. The next biggest recipient is Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed, who has received about $4,500 in gifts.