Koster reportedly stopped energy drink investigation after lobbyist interaction

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster put a stop to an investigation of 5-Hour Energy after a lobbyist for the company reached out to him at a Democratic event in California, according to a New York Times report. Missouri was one of more than 30 states that were investigating allegations of deceptive advertising by 5-Hour, which had the ability to harm the company financially. Lori Kalani, the lobbyist, last year told Koster at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, “My client just received notification that Missouri is on this,” according to the Times.

Kalani’s firm, Dickstein Shapiro, had given Koster thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, according to a list published by the Times. By the end of the weekend in California, Koster had called his office and ordered his staff to pull out of the inquiry of 5-Hour Energy, according to the Times.

Koster denied that his office took action as a result of the lobbying, saying that any decision that appeared to benefit Dickstein’s clients was attributable to mistakes made by his staff. Koster is a declared Democratic candidate for governor in 2016.

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