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Jetton denies allegations of wrongdoing

March 8, 2006
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

The Speaker of the Missouri House vehemently denies he was paid off by strip club owners to help kill legislation that would negatively impact the sex industry.

Andrea Ramey explains why he says a campaign donation was ever miscontrued as a contribution for access.


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Contents: "Totally false and misleading."

That's how Speaker Rod Jetton describes an article the Kansas City Star printed last weekend.

The article implies strip club owners used cash to sway Jetton's handling of legislation that would negatively impact their industry.

They made a $35,000 donation to a fundraising committee closly associated with Jetton.

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Contents: "I had no knowledge of any kind of donation to some outside committee. I've never even heard of any of those committees til this story broke in the Kansas City Star."

The article also says that four days after the contribution, Jetton assigned the bill to an unfriendly committee where it died.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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Contents: "I think it was inaccurate."

That's how Speaker Rod Jetton describes the Kansas City Star article printed last week.

The article says strip clubs gave a fundraising committee closely associated with Jetton cash last year to help protect the adult entertainment industry from an anti-porn bill.

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Contents: "I have never supported the adult entertainment industry, never have those people been friends of mine. I've always supported legislation that would regulate those businesses out of business. I did not support the taxation part of his bill."

And that's why he say's he sent the bill to a committe chair who shared his point of view.

The anti-porn bill never made it out of committee.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.