Concerts aren’t just for hip young kids. As number nine on our list shows, concerts are also for hip old lawmakers (who don’t want to pay for their own tickets).
This year, lobbyists have treated Missouri legislators to at least $9,317.05 worth of tickets to concerts and plays.
What were the big-ticket items? The most money was spent on September 14 this year ($1,240), paid for by Kansas City Power & Light. It was the night the energy company was hosting “the Manufactured Superstars,” which Wikipedia tells me is “an electronic dance music DJ/production duo.” Senator Kiki Curls (who currently holds the top spot on our lobbyist list) and Representative Gail McCann Beatty, both Democrats, received tickets that day.
Energy companies paid for most of the concert tickets this year — and many concert venues are sponsored by the energy industry.
Other popular concerts
Zac Brown Band
Rep. Dave Hinson (R): $128
Sen. Mike Parson’s staff (R): $128
Sen. Ryan Silvey’s staff (R): $128
Rep. Kevin Austin’s staff (R): $64
Rep. Lincoln Hough (R): $64
Sen. Tom Dempsey (R): $135
Rep. Myron Neth (R): $499.54
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D): $175
Rep. Clem Smith (D): $175
Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R): $130
Rep. Don Phillips (R): $130
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