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Lobbyist Money Help  

One Missouri lawmaker wants contributions to end

March 15, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

One Missouri lawmaker says lobbyists should disclose their expenses with public officials before purchasing something.

But as Josh Kranzberg explains from the state Capitol, lobbyists aren't the only ones under fire.

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St. Joseph Senator Charlie Shields is proposing a bill that would prohibit candidates for the House, Senate, or another statewide office from receiving contributions during a legislative session. But St. Louis County Senator Tim Green wants to add an amendment, making sure those candidates are paying their taxes.

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Contents: "Senator, I think if you want to run for office and you owe taxes that you should pay your taxes."

"I agree, and I'm not saying - "

"We have a system right now that is broke."

"But, you know -"

"We have people that run for office that do not pay their taxes."

"And sometimes it's brought out in the newspaper, and they get elected, which always amazes me."

"And nothing gets done about it."

Shields' bill says lobbyists should get approval from public officials before spending a dime. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.