Pay to play? Missouri Senate leader faces questions about consumer protection bill

Six days after Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard filed legislation seeking to make big changes to Missouri’s consumer protection law, he got a $100,000 check from Joplin businessman David Humphreys.

The timing of that Dec. 7 donation, and the fact that the legislation in question could undercut a class-action lawsuit against Humphreys’ company, has stirred allegations of pay-to-play against Richard and calls for an investigation.

Richard, R-Joplin, has vehemently denied any accusations of wrongdoing. An attorney for Humphreys said the businessman had “exercised his constitutional right to donate money to political campaigns” and had done nothing illegal.

Over the weekend, Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, who has had run-ins with both Humphreys and Richard in the last year, said the situation warrants the attention of law enforcement.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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