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Lobbyist gift-giving was all but eliminated in Washington, D.C. by the sweeping, Democrat-passed reforms of 2007, but state lawmakers are still plied the old fashioned way. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jake Wagman reports that lobbyists gave two Missouri legislators tickets to a WWE wrestling event. The gifts were legal and disclosed to the state ethics commission:

Two Missouri state representatives, Steve Webb and Scott Dieckhaus, and a St. Louis alderman, April Ford-Griffin, received free tickets to the WWE Raw event at the Scottrade Center [in St. Louis] in March. ...

The March 14 installment of Raw -- one of the WWE's flagship programs -- was broadcast live from St. Louis. The evening included a match with local favorite Randy Orton and a guest appearance by Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.

Read the full story at the Post-Dispatch.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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