The 2014 legislative session was historically one of the most expensive sessions. At least for lobbyists.
In the first six months of this year, lobbyists spent $673,062 on gifts (most of them meals) for the Missouri legislature. Taking a look at the past decade's worth of data, this is the second highest year on record. The most expensive year was in 2013, when legislators accepted $749,994 in the first half of the year.
The average cost of a gift this year was $102.65, which is roughly on par with prior years.