Choke On It: Missouri Pay For Play Politics Gets Personal As Tobacco Kingpins Lobby To Clear Son From Sex Offender Database
AP insight on Missouri politics and some personal lobbying: "Politically connected owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain, Jon Rand and Sharie Keil have contributed thousands of dollars to Missouri politicians and even hired their own lobbyists . . . The husband and wife are on a behind-the-scenes mission to pass legislation that would remove hundreds of people convicted of sex crimes as juveniles from the state's online listing of registered sex offenders. Their cause is intensely personal, because their son is among those whose name, photo and address would come down from law enforcement websites.