Friday, November 8, 2013

Lobbyists’ Expenses

NPR created a new website which tracks lobbyists’ reports of gifts, meals and entertainment.  See it here.  From that website you can download the data into an excel file.  It’s about 88,000 items of information.  Go crazy, folks.

I sliced it down to this year, and then just looked at some of the bigger lobbyist firms to give you this list of the biggest spenders…

Year to Date

Gamble & Schlemeier - $78,214

Bardgett Assoc - $40,893

Burton, Liese et al - $24,151

Gallagher Consultants - $18,505

Britton & Assoc- $17,621

Hemphill & Assoc - $15,419

Flotron McIntosh - $13,590

Scherr Winter - $12,711

Moody & Assoc - $10,085

Stinson - $9,487

Winton-Penman - $9,461

Polsinelli - $9,017

Andy Blunt - $6,253

Pelopidas - $5,355

Carroll & Assoc - $5,240

Scott Marrs - $4,454

Denton - $3,334

Grote & Assoc - $2,565

Giddens Group - $2,422

But what’s more important, of course, for those of us whose stomachs start to growl, is who the biggest spenders are during session.  See my exel file here.

During Session

Gamble & Schlemeier - $61,003

Bardgett Assoc - $37,819

Burton Liese et al - $22,976

Gallagher Consultants - $17,437

Britton Assoc - $16,563

Hemphill & Assoc - $14,362

Scherr Winter - $12,684

Flotron McIntosh - $11,265

Moody& Assoc - $9,301

Winton-Penman - $9,029

Polsinelli - $8,746

Stinson - $6,735

Andy Blunt - $5,806

Pelopidas - $5,120

Scott Marrs - $4,366

Carroll - $3,239

Denton - $2,782

Grote & Assoc - $2,427

Giddens Group - $2,125

Webb Doesn’t Resign

Rep. Steve Webb has apparently changed his mind and decided he won’t resign yet after all.  It’s said that he’s using this “as leverage” to help with a plea bargain down the road.  See his interview here.  We’ll see…

Firefighters Strike Back

They enlist Eliot Davis to go all You Paid For It on the Monarch District directors.  This is war, folks!  See it here.

Beauty and Brains

Who’s that #2 under “beauty and brains?”  Why it’s Jenny Page, wife of former state representative Sam PageSee it here. The former NFL cheerleader is now a doctor.

$5K+Contributions

Midwest Region Laborers’ Political League Education Fund - $6,272 from Laborers’ Supplemental Dues Fund.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $5,001 from Eastern Missouri Laborers’ Educational and Benevolent Fund.

Lewis & Clark Ozarks Mountain Forum - $15,000 from Harry Cooper.

Notes on Money

For the fourth day in a row, Steve Stenger puts up a large check, this time on more from labor.

Birthdays

Happy birthdays to former Reps. Catherine Hanaway (the big 5-0) and Tony George (37), and Ellie Glenn.

Sunday: Chris Schappe (43).