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Previously:

Campaign Finance: cough, cough, well, that’s interesting (February 21, 2011)

Yesterday, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C101045 RETAILERS FOR ALLOCABLE SHARE [pdf] 3/7/2011

Altria Client Services Inc

6601 S.Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23230

3/7/2011

$15,000.00

[emphasis added]

Altria? Where have we seen that name before? Oh, yeah:

Broken Clock Twitter: The Roy (r) and Sarah (r) Show (April 4, 2009)

[….]

Roy D. Blunt

…Among government watchdog groups he is mainly known for his ties to lobbyists. In 2002 there was an uproar when Mr. Blunt tried to include a measure supported by the tobacco industry in the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. The provision was aimed at restricting Web sales of tobacco. Representative Blunt, who was dating Abigail Perlman, the chief lobbyist for Philip Morris, agreed to remove the rider from the final bill. (The Senate later approved the same restrictions on tobacco Internet sales, and they became law.)

Mr. Blunt has continued to have ties to the tobacco industry. He divorced his wife of 35 years, Roseann Ray, to marry Ms. Perlman, who became chief lobbyist for Altria. (He famously cleared his second marriage with the House Ethics Committee to get “a waiver of the limitations of the gift rule to allow me to accept gifts in connection with my wedding.”) Abigail Blunt now lobbies for Kraft Foods, which was spun off from Altria in 2007.

His son, Andrew has long lobbied for Altria subsidiaries, and his daughter Amy Blunt Mosby, a lawyer, has also represented tobacco interests…

A small slice of contributions to Roy Blunt’s campaign(s), via the Federal Election Commission:

…ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 03/20/1997 500.00 97032221285

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 08/27/1997 1000.00 98032700443

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 10/09/1998 2000.00 98033750051

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 10/15/1999 2000.00 20035094886

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 10/15/1999 2000.00 20035094886

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 06/15/2000 1000.00 20035920488

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 07/20/2000 -329.00 20035964094

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 06/18/2001 5000.00 21990199913

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 02/21/2002 5000.00 26940306381

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 07/17/2003 1000.00 23991734785

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 11/20/2003 2000.00 23992445717

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 05/20/2004 2000.00 24961598138

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 05/20/2004 3000.00 24961598138

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 01/27/2005 5000.00 25990050299

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 03/30/2006 5000.00 26940095112

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 02/22/2007 5000.00 27930267527

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 09/27/2007 1500.00 27931394340

ALTRIA GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ALTRIAPAC) 04/25/2008 3500.00 28931588902…

[….]

I wonder why big tobacco loves Missouri so much? Maybe because there’s absolutely no hope that the republican controlled General Assembly will do anything to raise tobacco taxes from last in the nation.