Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster denied that he halted an investigation into 5-Hour Energy because its lobbying firm donated money to his campaign. Koster said a report published by the New York Times “misrepresents the facts” and distorts events “to create an appearance of impropriety where none exists.”
The caffeinated energy drink manufacturer was being investigated for allegations of deceptive claims in its advertisements. Dickstein Shapiro, a Washington-based lobbying firm, represents 5-Hour Energy lobbying interests. Dickstein Shapiro and its lawyers collectively donated about $13,500 to Koster’s campaign, according to ethics reports.