State audit faults Koster on lobbyist policy

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A state audit says Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster hasn’t adopted a policy to address concerns that he’s been influenced by lobbyist perks.

Koster was criticized after a New York Times article in October listed him among a group of attorneys general who were soft on companies facing litigation after receiving campaign contributions and perks.

Koster later promised not to accept lobbyist gifts and put a freeze on campaign contributions from organizations under investigation by his office.

An audit released Tuesday says his office hadn’t formally adopted those policies as of February. Koster’s campaign spokesman Andrew Whalen says a policy is in place through his political committee.

Koster’s office says attorneys don’t pay attention to who contributes to his campaign.

Koster is the only Democrat running for governor in 2016.