Daily Archives: April 4, 2008

MO State Rep. Cooper accepts casino lobbyist gift then files legislation to remove loss limits

From Randy Turner at the Turner Report:

Two days before Rep. Shannon Cooper, R-Clinton, submitted a bill to remove the loss limits for Missouri casinos, he may have been conducting some in-person research at one of those facilities. Documents posted minutes ago on the Missouri Ethics Commission website indicate Cooper, whose bill would also limit the opening of new casinos in the state, thus lessening competition for those already here, had $771.17 for “hotel accommodations” paid for by Matthew Clark, lobbyist for Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Kansas City.

HB 2403, introduced by Cooper Feb. 7, though it begins with numerous additions to current law directed toward putting casino money into education, it ends up being the answer to every current state casino owner’s wish list.

This certainly is not the first time that reports about political contributions coinciding with legislative action have appeared concerning Rep. Shannon Cooper.

To view the Casino Watch report on political contributions from gambing special interests to Missouri state legislators, click here.