Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones Not Amused With Radio Host's
|Milhaven: The "lobbyist."|
The second attempt came this week after the Post-Dispatch reported on the questionable practice of legislators using their campaign accounts to reimburse lobbyists for gifts. Exhibit A in the article was Tim Jones.
Earlier this year Jones used his election campaign funds to reimburse AT&T lobbyist John Sondag $200 for basketball tickets that Sondag gave Jones and his wife to attend the NCAA Regional in St. Louis. The repayment keeps the lobbyist gifts off expense reports making it difficult for the public to view what lobbyists are spending on legislators. (Jones, who chairs the House Ethics Committee, told the Post-Dispatch that he hasn't done anything wrong and that he holds himself "to the highest ethical standards and I am not influenced by lobbyist spending.")
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When Milhaven asked him onto yesterday's show to discuss the political shell game, Jones' office responded that the legislator was too busy. And that launched an idea.