Missouri Bill Would Consider Sex Between Lobbyists and Lawmakers a “Gift”

Since it would be defined as a gift, the sex would have to be disclosed in monthly reports filed by lobbyists. CNBC reported:

Lobbyists in Missouri who have sex with state lawmakers or their aides would have to disclose that activity to the state ethics commission, under a bill introduced this week by a Republican state representative.

The measure, pushed by Rep. Bart Korman, defines sexual relations between lawmakers and lobbyists as a “gift” to be reported on the disclosure forms that lobbyists file on a monthly basis. The bill does not assign a “dollar valuation” to the gift of sex.

Korman’s proposal, reported early Thursday by The Kansas City Star, quickly gained attention on social media, and Korman told USA TODAY that he was fielding calls from reporters around the country, demanding to know more about his unorthodox proposal. “I guess this has gone viral or something,” he said.

He views his plan, part of a renewed state focus on ethics after several scandals, as the simplest way to “add some transparency and accountability to our governmental process.”

Two Missouri lawmakers left office last year, following allegations of inappropriate conduct with interns.

Does he think lobbyists actually would report details of their sex lives on a government form? “I hope it deters the activity,” Korman said.

(By the way, the bill excludes the gift-reporting requirement for lobbyists and lawmakers who are married or already were dating before they held their respective jobs.)

The fact that this is even an issue is what’s so appalling.

I had a friend who was a Georgia state representative. He said that lobbyists basically run the state. He told me that he recalled overhearing conversations among some of his fellow representatives who were bragging about how lobbyists were “throwing themselves” at them as if they were rock stars. I was shocked. At the time, I was naïve to think that such behavior was only found at the federal level. You know, like Bill Clinton or John Edwards. But in reality, that behavior is pretty much the norm everywhere, even at the local level. It’s how things get done and laws get passed these days.

Men are profoundly weak in this area, and if some special interest group wants something done and has to convince lawmakers to pass certain legislation, they know what works best to “convince” them, if you know what I mean. Especially the male ones.

This Missouri bill isn’t going to do anything to deter this behavior. What makes anyone think that this bill would actually get lobbyists to disclose anything about their various sexual shenanigans with legislators? They wouldn’t consider it “sex” anyway. It all depends on what the definition of “is” is.