Lobbying Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Legislative Tracker Launched To Follow Key Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-legislative-tracker-launched-follow-key-bills <p>Almost 300 bills were prefiled in the Missouri Senate and Missouri House before the legislative session even opened. Now that the legislative session is underway, some of those bills will fade away, others will move through the legislative process and even more new ones will be introduced.</p><p>No wonder it's hard to keep up with what's going on in the legislature.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:04:22 +0000 Susan Hegger 33277 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Legislative Tracker Launched To Follow Key Bills Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Kander On Ethics Reform, Voter ID And More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-secretary-state-kander-ethics-reform-voter-id-and-more <p>This week the Politically Speaking crew welcomes Secretary of State Jason Kander to the podcast. Kander, a Democrat from Kansas City, narrowly captured the statewide office in 2012 after a hard-fought contest with Republican Shane Schoeller.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:32:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum & Jo Mannies 32840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Kander On Ethics Reform, Voter ID And More Nixon Calls On Legislature To Pass Ethics Reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-calls-legislature-pass-ethics-reform-0 <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><p><em>Updated 7:19 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12</em></p><p>Missouri Gov.&nbsp;Jay Nixon is once again pressing for ethics reform in state government, and for the resurrection of campaign donation limits. But this time, Nixon may be hoping for stronger interest in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, where some GOP legislators now share some of his views.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:14:53 +0000 Jo Mannies 32209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Calls On Legislature To Pass Ethics Reform St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-radio-launches-lobbying-missouri-follow-money <p>Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. State law requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend in the process, listing which officials received benefits, such as free meals, professional sports tickets, trips and other gifts.</p><p><a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/">Lobbying Missouri</a>, a new reporting partnership of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, provides an interactive way to follow the money.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:05:08 +0000 Alex Heuer 31228 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bruno-mars-beverages-and-more-baseball-lobbyists-gave-100k-gifts-mo-lawmakers-over-break <p>Missouri legislators took in about $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists during the summer legislative break. In total for this year, lobbyists have spent $850,702 to try to sway public policy.</p><p>If the gifts continue, it's likely to reach $1 million by the end of the year.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:46:43 +0000 Chris McDaniel 30323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break Missouri Lobbyists Batting $11,000 At Cardinals, Royals Games http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-lobbyists-batting-11000-cardinals-royals-games <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ah, the summer recess. A time for legislators to unwind, have a few cold ones, and get taken to baseball games by lobbyists.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Lobbyists Batting $11,000 At Cardinals, Royals Games Mo. Legislators Took $730,000 In Gifts From Lobbyists During Session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-legislators-took-730000-gifts-lobbyists-during-session <p>With May's lobbying numbers in, and Missouri's legislative session completely behind us, we now have a complete picture of Missouri's lobbying system.</p><p>With the final tally, legislators took in $731,000 from lobbyists hoping to gain influence. All of this took place in just five months.</p><p><strong>May's Findings</strong></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:51:58 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27874 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Legislators Took $730,000 In Gifts From Lobbyists During Session Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lobbyist-gifts-mo-legislators-exceed-600000 <p>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 <a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">lobbyist disclosures.</a></p><p>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. <a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">As we've detailed before,</a>&nbsp;it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27005 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000 Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-missouris-lobbying-system-isnt-open-youd-think <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26474 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think Running Tally Of Mo. Lobbyist Gifts: $450,000 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/running-tally-mo-lobbyist-gifts-450000 <p>The running tab for tickets, meals, drinks and other lobbyist gifts hasn't slowed.&nbsp;<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5"><a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">In just three months this year,</a> lobbyists spent more than $450,000 on legislators in Jefferson City.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 25985 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Running Tally Of Mo. Lobbyist Gifts: $450,000