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By the Numbers:

The Jeff City Gift Culture

Progress Missouri
September 9, 2015

Executive Summary
Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) records show that state legislators, statewide officials,
judges and local officials have accepted more than $10,810,500 in gifts from lobbyists since
2004. On average, thats $900,000 every year in free meals, booze, trips, lodging and
other gifts. Almost all of these gifts go to members of the General Assembly and their staff
members, though registered lobbyists are sending freebies told statewide officials, local officials
and judges as well.
This report compiles and analyzes the lobbyist gift records, shines a light on glaring loopholes in
state law that allow millions of dollars worth of freebies to be reported opaquely, and provides
regional data for top gift recipients across the state.
Report Highlights:
More than $10.8M worth of food, drinks, travel and other gifts have been provided to
Missouri officials since 2004 by registered lobbyists. Most of these gifts were reported
as going to groups, depriving the public of basic information about which officials consumed
the free meals and drinks provided by professional influencers.

Total Lobbyist Gifts in Missouri, 2004-2015


$1,100,000

$825,000

$550,000

$275,000

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20

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08
20

07
20

06
20

05
20

04

$0

20

Ryan Silvey, Tom Dempsey, Mike Talboy, Mike Parson and Paul LeVota top all gift
recipients since 2004, when including gifts given to their official staff and family with
their individual totals.

Top Lobbyist Gift Recipients, 2004-2015


Ryan Silvey

$43,869

Kiki Curls

$13,946

$51,646 $4,495

Tom Dempsey

$45,572

Mike Talboy

$10,259

$54,665 $1,098

Mike Parson

$39,677

Paul LeVota

$36,250

Ron Richard

$27,628

Victor Callahan

$14,209

$5,682

$6,456

$10,685

$22,178

Mike Colona

$34,399 $442

Jim Lembke

$28,181

$0

$15,000

$5,993

$30,000

to Legislator

$45,000

to Legislator's Staff & Family

$60,000

The staff of Senator Kurt Schaefer has taken more gifts than any other legislative
staff. All told, $498,237 in gifts have been reported for legislators staff and family
members since 2004.

Staff & Family Gifts, 2004-Present


Kurt Schaefer

$27,358

Victor Callahan

$22,178

Ryan Silvey

$13,946

Brad Lager

$11,066

Chris Koster

$10,946

Ron Richard

$10,685

Tom Dempsey

$10,259
$9,906

Jane Cunningham
Jeannie Riddle

$8,005

Tim Jones

$7,886

$0

$7,000

$14,000

$21,000

$28,000

Almost one million in freebies, every year


Missouri legislators, statewide officials, judges and local officials have accepted more than
$10,810,500 in gifts from lobbyists since 2004, according to Missouri Ethics Commission
records.
On average, thats $900,000, every year, in free meals, booze, trips, lodging and other gifts.
Almost all of these gifts go to members of the General Assembly and their staffs, though
registered lobbyists are also sending freebies to statewide officials, municipal officials and
judges as well.
Incredibly, this is a partial total of the free meals, travel and other gifts provided to officials. The
MEC only has records of local official gifts since 2008, and many gifts provided to legislators by
foundations and other groups are reported on the annual financial disclosure statements
legislators file with the MEC, and are not included in the Commissions lobbyist gift database.
This is an obscene quantity of gifts, the overwhelming majority of which goes to a legislature
with fewer than 200 members, given by professional influencers hired by corporations,
organizations and individuals to advance their agendas in the legislature.

Annual Gift Totals, 2004-2014


$1,100,000

$825,000

$550,000

$275,000

$0
2004

2005

2006

Legislative Groups

2007

2008

House

2009

2010

Senate

2011

2012

2013

Overall Total

2014

Overall Lobbyist Gift Totals by Year


2004-2015

Year

House

Senate

MOLeg
Groups

Judicial

Local

Statewide
Officials

Total

2004

$123,804

$31,180

$822,777

$0

n/a

$3,657

$981,419

2005

$118,421

$45,267

$823,887

$14

n/a

$1,528

$989,117

2006

$130,252

$51,622

$823,909

$25

n/a

$1,152

$1,006,960

2007

$232,978

$79,074

$581,904

$10

n/a

$5,512

$899,478

2008

$214,720

$86,582

$621,932

$62

$14,414

$3,196

$940,906

2009

$261,494

$114,100

$536,343

$0

$17,312

$4,771

$934,021

2010

$243,514

$100,887

$508,716

$51

$13,553

$4,386

$871,108

2011

$232,564

$117,482

$597,991

$0

$16,639

$3,963

$968,638

2012

$223,114

$104,293

$540,691

$24

$19,982

$3,561

$891,665

2013

$229,758

$113,090

$612,148

$15

$16,844

$1,518

$973,373

2014

$188,889

$73,360

$588,367

$31

$18,687

$1,756

$871,090

2015

$130,866

$48,292

$287,743

$60

$15,020

$768

$482,748

Total

$2,330,373

$965,230

$7,346,408

$292

$132,451

$35,769

$10,810,524

The True Recipients of Most Lobbyist Gifts in Missouri


Are Hidden By Design
Lobbyist gifts are reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission in one of three ways:
gifts to individual legislators
gifts to legislators staff members or family members
gifts to groups
This seems like a fairly straightforward way to categorize lobbyist gift-giving. However, loose
rules about what constitutes a group expenditure allow an enormous portion of all lobbyist gifts
to reported in an opaque manner. The guidance provided by the Ethics Commission states that
gifts may be reported as going to legislative chambers, committees or caucuses so long as all of
the members of that group are invited in writing. It does not matter if only a small subset of the
group chooses to take the free gifts.
The end result is the the public is deprived of basic information about which of their elected
leaders are taking the majority of the $900,000 to $1,000,000 in lobbyist gifts each year.
As you can see, an enormous portion of all gifts are reported as group expenditures with the
Missouri Ethics Commission, effectively hiding the true recipients of the gifts from public review.

Where Are All the Lobbyist Gifts Going?


2004-2015
$8,000,000

$7,346,408

$6,000,000

$4,000,000

$2,330,373
$2,000,000

$965,230
$0

House

Senate

MOLeg Groups

$35,769

$132,451

Statewides

Local Officials

Some of these group expenditures are for gifts that truly go to large groups buffet lines in the
Capitol rotunda, or meals provided during committee hearings for legislators who are present.
But many group gifts are actually given to specific legislators offices, or to easily identifiable
subsets of committees or caucuses. Consider the following gifts, all of which are classified as
group expenditures, and are not found on their relevant legislators gift reports:
In May 2015, lobbyist Brent Hemphill provided $137.39 worth of food and beverage to
Sen. Brian Munzlingers office for a Cinco De Mayo celebration. But the gift was actually
reported as going to the Entire Missouri Senate, not Munzlinger himself. Munzlingers
office also received $117.16 worth of food and drink from CJs Wings in May, but that also
was reported as going to the Entire Missouri Senate.
In February 2014, Rex Sinquefields lobby shop, the Gate Way Group, provided a $496.38
breakfast in Senator Sater's office, but the meal was reported as going to the Entire
Missouri Senate, not Sater.
In April 2015, Sen. Gary Romines office received $287 worth of chai from a lobbyist for
the Missouri Optometric Association. These gifts were reported to the Ethics Commission
as going to the Entire Missouri Senate, however.
Simply put: There is an enormous loophole in state reporting requirements that allows
professional lobbyists to hide which individual officials and staff members are availing
themselves to the free food, drinks and other gifts.

How ALEC Legislators Use the Group Expenditure Loophole


to Hide Thousands in Free Food, Booze, and Entertainment
The abuse of Missouris group expenditure loophole is especially flagrant when it is used to
hide the true recipient of meals and drinks on out-of-state trips with lobbyists. Going back years,
extravagant meals provided on American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are hidden from
legislators individual gift reports, even though the professional vote counters providing the
meals and entertainment know exactly which politicians are on the trip.
From 2007-2014, a whopping $31,000 in meals, drinks and entertainment gifts were
provided to ALEC legislators during the organizations annual retreats, but reported as
going to the Entire General Assembly or All Statewide Elected Officials and All
Legislators when lobbyists filed their spending reports with the Ethics Commission. For
example:
In 2008, $1,000 was spent on legislators tickets to Cubs game during that years ALEC
meetings. The tickets were reported as going to the Entire General Assembly, even
though the entire legislature could not possibly have been in attendance.
In 2011, lobbyists reported that more than $5,000 in meal expenses given to All Statewide
Elected Officials & All Legislators, even though the entire General Assembly and all of the
statewide officials were not in attendance.
A chart detailing ALEC-related gifts may be found below.
In August 2015, the Missouri Ethics Commission ruled that free food and drinks provided to
former Speaker John Diehl, former Speaker Tim Jones, Sen. Ed Emery, Rep. Sue Allen and
Sen. Wayne Wallingford during the 2014 ALEC junket in Dallas, TX were improperly reported as
group expenditures. However, the MECs rebuke of the lobbyists reports focused on the fact
that not all members of the General Assembly received written invitations to the dinner.
Politicians freebies will continue to be hidden behind dishonest group expenditure reports, so
long as lobbyists keep their paperwork in order.

ALEC Junket Expenses Reported as Group Expenditures to MEC, 2007-2014


Destination

Lobbyist

Group

Date

Description

New Orleans

John R
Sondag

House Majority
Caucus

8/3/11

Dinner at ALEC

$1,440.00 AT&T Inc. And


Affiliates

Salt Lake City

Trey Davis

House Majority
Caucus

7/25/12

Dinner at ALEC Utah

$1,371.84 Missouri Energy


Development
Association

Chicago

Charles
Simino

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/08

Tickets to Cubs baseball


game at ALEC

$1,000.00 Embarq

Salt Lake City

Doug
Galloway

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/12

Dinner sponsorship for


ALEC meeting

$1,000.00 Centurylink

Salt Lake City

Charles
Simino

Entire General
Assembly

3/28/12

Dinner at ALEC in Salt


Lake City, UT

$1,000.00 Missouri Cable


Telecommunication
s Association

Philadelphia

Charles G
Simino

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Dinner at the ALEC


Annual Meeting

$983.01 Embarq

Philadelphia

Phil Wright

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Missouri Night during


ALEC

$983.00 Missouri
Association For
Community Action

Philadelphia

Thomas W
Krewson

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

ALEC Dinner in
Philadelphia

$954.68 Comcast

Philadelphia

Ann Louise
Michael

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

ALEC conference dinner

$950.00 Missouri
Association Of
Club Executives

New Orleans

Charles G
Simino

Entire General
Assembly

8/3/11

Tour in New Orleans, LA

$846.43 Missouri Cable


Telecommunication
s Association

New Orleans

Mary
Scruggs

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/4/11

ALEC - New Orleans, LA

$843.86 Association Of
Missouri Electric
Cooperatives

New Orleans

Ryan C.
Rowden

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/4/11

ALEC - New Orleans, LA

$843.86 Missouri Petroleum


Council -- A
Division Of The
American
Petroleum Institute

New Orleans

Phillip
Schnieders

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/3/11

ALEC event in New


Orleans, LA

$843.86 Missouri
Automobile
Dealers
Association

New Orleans

Phillip
Schnieders

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/5/11

ALEC event, New


Orleans, LA

$836.29 Missouri
Automobile
Dealers
Association

Salt Lake City

Guy
William
Black

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/12

ALEC Missouri Night


Reception & Dinner

$800.00 Bryan Cave LLP

Cost

Principal

Destination

Lobbyist

Group

Date

Description

Salt Lake City

Tracy King

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/12

ALEC Missouri Night


Reception/Dinner
Sponsorship, Park City,
UT

$800.00 Missouri Chamber


Of Commerce And
Industry

Salt Lake City

Daniel R.
Pfeifer

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/12

Missouri Night Alec,


Salt Lake City, Utah

$800.00 Catalyst Group

Salt Lake City

Carrie
Sherer

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/12

Missouri Night at ALEC


Conference

$800.00 Cerner

New Orleans

Catina
"Tina"
Shannon

Entire General
Assembly

8/4/11

ALEC in New Orleans,


LA

$763.86 Ameren UE

New Orleans

Tracy King

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Visit New Orleans, New


Orleans, LA/Cocktail Tour

$742.00 Missouri Chamber


Of Commerce And
Industry

San Diego

Mary
Scruggs

Entire General
Assembly

8/6/10

ALEC Conference in San


Diego, CA

$600.00 Association Of
Missouri Electric
Cooperatives

San Diego

Charles
Andy
Arnold

Entire General
Assembly

8/6/10

San Diego/Participation
in the ALEC Missouri
Night Reception

$600.00 Arnold And


Associates

San Diego

Doug
Galloway

Entire General
Assembly

8/5/10

Dinner at ALEC, San


Diego

$600.00 Centurylink

New Orleans

Ryan C.
Rowden

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/5/11

Dinner - New Orleans, LA

$600.00 Missouri Petroleum


Council -- A
Division Of The
American
Petroleum Institute

New Orleans

Susan
Henderson
Moore

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/4/11

Missouri Night at ALEC in


New Orleans, LA

$600.00 Polsinelli Shughart


Pc

New Orleans

Caroline
Hoover

All Statewide
Elected
Officials & All
Legislators

8/2/11

ALEC Missouri Night


sponsorship, New
Orleans, LA/catered
dinner

$600.00 Kansas City Power


& Light

Salt Lake City

John R
Sondag

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/12

Salt Lake City - Dinner at


ALEC

$550.00 AT&T Inc. And


Affiliates

Dallas

Charles
"Andy"
Arnold

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

ALEC Conference,
Dallas, TX/ Dinner

$513.69 Arnold And


Associates

Philadelphia

Phil Wright

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/07

ALEC's Missouri Night


Sponsorship

$400.00 Missouri
Association For
Community Action

Philadelphia

Ann Louise
Michael

Entire General
Assembly

7/27/07

ALEC MO night

$400.00 Missouri
Association Of
Club Executives

Chicago

David Hale

Entire General
Assembly

7/14/08

Sponsorship for Missouri


Night @ ALEC Mtg in
Chicago

$400.00 Missouri Hospital


Association

10

Cost

Principal

Destination

Lobbyist

Group

Date

Description

Washington,
DC

Tony
Reinhart

Entire General
Assembly

7/17/09

Missouri Night Dinner at


ALEC

$400.00 Ford Motor


Company

San Diego

David Hale

Entire General
Assembly

7/14/08

Sponsorship for Missouri


Night @ ALEC Mtg in
Chicago

$400.00 Missouri Hospital


Association

New Orleans

Charles G
Simino

Entire General
Assembly

8/3/11

Dinner at Antoine's
Restaurant in New
Orleans, LA

$400.00 Missouri Cable


Telecommunication
s Association

Dallas

Susan
Henderson
Moore

Entire General
Assembly

8/2/14

Dinner at Dallas Chop


House, Dallas, Texas

$379.11 Polsinelli Pc

Dallas

Greg C
Swarens

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

ALEC Missouri Night

$379.11 Hallmark Cards,


Inc.

Dallas

Catina
"Tina"
Shannon

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas Chop Shop-Dallas


TX for Missouri State
Night at legislative
conference

$379.11 Union Electric Co.,


Dba Amerenmo,
Ameren Services,
Ameren Corp.

Dallas

Michael R
Gibbons

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas, TX / Missouri
ALEC Night

$379.11 Peabody Energy

Dallas

Richard W
Moore

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas, Texas

$379.11 Centurylink

New Orleans

Harry
Gallagher

Senate Majority
Caucus

8/3/11

Missouri State Capitol,


Jefferson City, MO/
Catered Luncheon

$319.69 Jeffrey E. Smith


Companies

Philadelphia

Kathryn
Ann
Harness

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Dinner for Missouri


Legislature at ALEC

$260.99 Harness &


Associates

Chicago

Mary
Scruggs

Entire General
Assembly

8/9/13

ALEC Conference,
Chicago, IL

$248.33 Association Of
Missouri Electric
Cooperatives

Chicago

Doug
Galloway

Entire General
Assembly

8/8/13

ALEC dinner, Chicago

$248.33 Centurylink

Chicago

Richard W
Moore

Entire General
Assembly

8/8/13

Chicago, IL - ALEC

$248.33 Centurylink

Philadelphia

Kathryn
Ann
Harness

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Dinner for Missouri


Legislature at ALEC

$225.00 Metro

Philadelphia

Kathryn
Ann
Harness

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Dinner for Missouri


Legislature at ALEC

$225.00 Northport Health


Services, Inc.

Philadelphia

Kathryn
Ann
Harness

Entire General
Assembly

7/26/07

Dinner for Missouri


Legislature at ALEC

$225.00 American Institute


Of Architects Of
Missouri

New Orleans

Tracy King

Senate Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Visit New Orleans, New


Orleans, LA/Cocktail Tour

$182.00 Missouri Chamber


Of Commerce And
Industry

11

Cost

Principal

Destination

Lobbyist

Group

Date

Description

New Orleans

Susan
Henderson
Moore

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Walking wine tour at New


Orleans, LA

$180.00 State Farm


Insurance
Companies

San Diego

Mary
Scruggs

Entire General
Assembly

8/5/10

ALEC Conf. - San Diego,


CA

$173.17 Association Of
Missouri Electric
Cooperatives

New Orleans

Caroline
Hoover

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

ALEC Conference, New


Orleans, LA

$150.00 Kansas City Power


& Light

Dallas

Jorgen
Schlemeier

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas Chop House,


Dallas, TX/Dinner

$126.37 Ameristar Casino


Hotel Kansas City
Inc

Dallas

Jorgen
Schlemeier

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas Chop House,


Dallas, TX/Dinner

$126.37 Missouri Pharmacy


Association

Dallas

Jorgen
Schlemeier

Entire General
Assembly

8/1/14

Dallas Chop House,


Dallas, TX/Dinner

$126.37 Missouri Railroad


Association

New Orleans

Betsy
Ledgerwoo
d

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Court of Two Sisters


restaurant, New Orleans,
LA/Dinner

$75.72 Missouri Beverage


Association

New Orleans

Betsy
Ledgerwoo
d

Senate Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Court of Two Sisters


restaurant, New Orleans,
LA/Dinner

$75.71 Missouri Railroad


Association

New Orleans

John R
Sondag

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

MO Chamber Dinner
during ALEC Conf @ GW
Fins, New Orleans LA

$60.00 AT&T Inc. And


Affiliates

New Orleans

William A
Gamble

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Antoine's Restaurant,
New Orleans, LA/Dinner
reception

$50.00 Independent
Colleges &
Universities Of
Missouri

New Orleans

William A
Gamble

Senate Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Antoine's Restaurant,
New Orleans, LA/Dinner
reception

$50.00 Missouri Railroad


Association

New Orleans

John R
Sondag

House Majority
Caucus

8/5/11

Refreshments during
ALEC Conf @ Old
Absinthe House, New
Orleans LA

$44.00 AT&T Inc. And


Affiliates

New Orleans

William A
Gamble

House Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Antoine's Restaurant,
New Orleans, LA/Dinner
reception

$25.00 Missouri Beverage


Association

New Orleans

William A
Gamble

Senate Majority
Caucus

8/4/11

Antoine's Restaurant,
New Orleans, LA/Dinner
reception

$25.00 Missouri Beverage


Association

12

Cost

Principal

Which Legislators Are Taking the Most Gifts?


Lobbyists give to both Republican and Democratic legislators, in large quantities. Indeed,
Democrats can be found among the top gift recipients each year, and overall since 2004.
Overall Top 25
2004-2015

Top 25
2004-2015

Legislator + staff + family

Individual totals, without staff or family gifts

1. Silvey, Ryan - $57,816


2. Curls, Kiki - $56,141
3. Dempsey, Tom - $55,831
4. Talboy, Mike - $55,762
5. Parson, Mike - $45,359
6. Levota, Paul - $42,706
7. Richard, Ron - $38,313
8. Callahan, Victor - $36,387
9. Colona, Mike- $34,841
10. Lembke, Jim- $34,175
11. Green, Tim - $34,036
12. Diehl, John - $30,913
13. Webb, Steve - $30,256
14. Schaefer, Kurt- $29,448
15. Scharnhorst, Dwight - $28,827
16. Funderburk, Doug- $28,119
17. Rupp, Scott- $27,861
18. Jones, Tim - $27,243
19. Stream, Rick- $26,511
20. Holsman, Jason- $26,354
21. Nasheed, Jamilah- $25,615
22. Smith, Joe- $25,280
23. Ridgeway, Luann- $25,183
24. Gatschenberger, Chuck- $25,064
25. Walsh, Gina- $25,011

1. Talboy, Mike- $54,665


2. Curls, Kiki- $51,646
3. Dempsey, Tom- $45,572
4. Silvey, Ryan- $43,869
5. Parson, Mike- $39,677
6. LeVota, Paul- $36,250
7. Colona, Mike- $34,399
8. Green, Tim- $30,809
9. Lembke, Jim- $28,181
10. Richard, Ron- $27,628
11. Webb, Steve- $26,201
12. Scharnhorst, Dwight - $24,937
13. Smith, Joe- $24,932
14. Funderburk, Doug- $24,315
15. Diehl, John - $23,466
16. Walsh, Gina- $22,854
17. Nasheed, Jamilah- $22,743
18. Rupp, Scott- $22,392
19. McKenna, Ryan- $22,303
20. Gatschenberger, Chuck- $21,814
21. Spreng, Michael- $21,469
22. Holsman, Jason- $20,677
23. Gray, Rochelle Walton- $20,664
24. Cooper, Shannon- $20,106
25. Stream, Rick- $19,932

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Gifts to Statewide Officials


2004-2015
1. Kinder, Peter - $6,401
2. Carnahan, Robin- $2,156
3. Holden, Bob - $1,842
4. Blunt, Matt- $1,657
5. Nixon, Jay - $1,523
6. Maxwell, Joe - $784
7. Koster, Chris - $710
8. Zweifel, Clint- $669
9. McCaskill, Claire -$218
10. Steelman, Sarah -$186
11. Farmer, Nancy- $8

Galloway, Nicole- $0
Kander, Jason- $0
Montee, Susan- $0
Schweich, Tom- $0

Top St. Louis Region Gift Recipients


2004-2015

Top Kansas City Region Gift Recipients


2004-2015

1. Dempsey, Tom - $55,831


2. Colona, Mike - $34,841
3. Lembke, Jim - $34,175
4. Green, Timothy P. - $34,036
5. Diehl, John - $30,913
6. Webb, Steve - $30,256
7. Scharnhorst, Dwight - $28,827
8. Funderburk, Doug - $28,119
9. Rupp, Scott - $27,861
10. Jones, Timothy W - $27,243

1. Silvey, Ryan - $57,816


2. Curls, Shalonn (Kiki) - $56,141
3. Talboy, Mike- $55,762
4. Levota, Paul - $42,706
5. Callahan, Victor- $36,387
6. Holsman, Jason -$26,354
7. Ridgeway, Luann -$25,183
8. Justus, Jolie - $23,262
9. McGhee, Mike - $19,906
10. Wilson, Yvonne - $18,659

Top Southwest Missouri Gift Recipients


2004-2015
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Parson, Mike - $45,359


Richard, Ron - $38,313
Flanigan, Tom - $19,081
Dixon, Bob - $18,877
Hunter, Steve - $17,536

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Legislators With $0 Lobbyist Gift Balances for their Career

Alferman, Jus/n
Black, Lanie
Brown, Cloria
Carpenter, Sharon Quigley
Caskey, Harold L.
Dryer, Billy
Ehlmann, Steve
Favazza, Mariano
Galloway, Nicole
Harris, Belinda
Howell, Bob
Joyce, Jennifer
Kander, Jason
Lamping, John T.
Lavender, Deb
Nester, Gerard A
ONo, Bill
Pfautsch, Donna
Price, Jr., William Ray
Reiboldt, Bill
Selby, Harold R.
Shelton, O.L.
Shrewsbury, Francis
SiRon, ScoN
Sisco, Shawn
Taylor, Larry Gene
Teitelman, Richard
Vaccaro, Joe
White, Ronnie L.
White, William (Bill)
Williams, Larry C
Wilson, Paul C
Wright, John

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Lobbyist Gift Spending on Legislative Staffers


Lobbyist gift giving is sometimes a family affair. Often underreported in the media, huge sums of
money are spent on the legislative aides and family members of legislators as well. Since 2004,
$498,237 in gifts have been reported for legislators staff and family members. Most of the
gifts in this category appear to be given to Representatives legislative staffer, or to Senators
chiefs of staff.
Which staff leads the pack? From 2011-2014, no office took more gifts than that of Sen. Kurt
Schaefer. In 2012, Schaefer told constituents that he refused all lobbyist gifts but his staff
sure accepted a lot of gifts. Since 2007, an amazing $27,358 in gifts have been given to
Schaefer staff and family.

Lobbyist Gifts Accepted by Sen. Kurt Schaefers Staff & Family


2009-2014
$5,571

$6,000

$5,646

$5,096

$4,996

$4,500
$3,496

$3,000

$1,500 $904

$0
2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Records for gifts provided to Schaefers Chief of Staff, Yancy Williams, show that some of the
individual meals and items are quite large. This year, for instance, Williams has accepted
individual meals worth $433, $94 and $50. In 2014, Williams accepted individual meals valued
at $463, $450, $98, $94, $92 and $88.

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