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Lobbyists pick up tab for World Series tickets for Mo. lawmakers

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Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series in St. Louis on October 28, 2011.

A new filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows that lawmakers from across the state had good seats for the Cardinals' championship run, courtesy of corporate lobbyists.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that lobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games at Busch Stadium.

The report shows that those accepting free tickets included state senators and representatives, St. Louis aldermen and St. Louis County Council members.

The filings show that no one purchased more tickets than Ameren Corp., which has been lobbying the state legislature to build a second nuclear plant. The utility spent about $7,700 on tickets and ballpark food.

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