FBI agents are investigating Missouri lawmakers in connection with several alleged “pay for play” schemes in which legislative favors are bestowed only after campaign donations are made...
The political culture in the state Capitol, those lawmakers talking with agents contend, has become tainted by pay-for-play activities in which virtually any legislative benefit — from committee assignments to gaining a hearing for a bill — comes with a price tag attached.
The price, they alleged, is typically a campaign contribution to a party or an individual lawmaker’s political committee.
Only one party in Jefferson City has been responsible for committee assignments and bill hearings for the last seven years.
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