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Missouri House of Representatives

A St. Louis lawmaker provided a couple of key votes to override vetoes of bills on which her son had recently been hired as a lobbyist.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

It's becoming harder to track how much money is being spent to catch the ear of Missouri lawmakers as they increasingly reimburse lobbyists for freebies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reimbursing lobbyists keeps lawmakers names off lobbyists' monthly expense reports.

The reimbursements become controversial when campaign funds are used to pay back lobbyists. That's because state law says campaign contributions "shall not be converted to any personal use."

Missouri House of Representatives

Former Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is now a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City.