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Jacob W. Hummel
Minority Floor LeaderMissouri House of Representatives
Ex Officio Member:
All House Committees
Sept. 9, 2013 The Honorable Tim JonesSpeaker of the HouseMissouri Capitol, Room 308 Jefferson City, MO 65101Dear Speaker Jones: The Sept. 7 story in The Kansas City Star regarding your side business,Missouri Freedom Alliance, and the secrecy surrounding it raises troublingissues about whether the private work you perform for compensation is inconflict with your public duties as a state legislator and speaker of theMissouri House of Representatives. If no impropriety exists, then it is withinyour power to immediately put to rest any perceptions to the contrary. Todate, however, your public comments regarding Missouri Freedom Alliancehave instead served to increase suspicion rather than to allay it.Although you initially told The Star that Missouri Freedom Alliance performslegal consulting on the legislative process, you later retracted that statementand said the firm only does legal work unrelated to legislative orgovernmental matters. That may be true, but your shifting explanationcoupled with your refusal to divulge your clients or any information regardingthe work performed makes it difficult for Missourians to take you at yourword.It also may be true, as you told The Star, that attorney-client privilegeethically bars you from discussing the specifics of your work. That hurdle,however, can easily be cleared by asking your clients to waive privilege,perhaps on a limited basis, to allow you more openly discuss the workperformed by Missouri Freedom Alliance.