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Missouri lieutenant governor alone takes lobbyist gifts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Ethics Commission data shows that Missouri’s lieutenant governor is the only statewide elected official who has accepted gifts so far this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the commission’s records show that Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson has received meals and gifts worth $ 2,752 in the six months since he took office in January.

That includes $ 1,350 worth of commemorative coins from Jorgen Schlemeier. He’s a lobbyist who represents trade groups and organizations ranging from the state’s auto dealers to the St. Louis Zoo.

Parson earns a taxpayer-paid salary of $ 86,400. His predecessor, Republican Peter Kinder, also accepted lobbyist gifts.

A message seeking comment left by The Associated Press with a Parson spokesman was not returned.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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