Missouri lieutenant governor alone takes lobbyist gifts

2 years 3 months 1 week ago Saturday, August 05 2017 Aug 5, 2017 Saturday, August 05, 2017 12:13:33 PM CDT August 05, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY (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.

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