Longtime Missouri GOP consultant, lobbyist faces federal tax charge


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ST. LOUIS (AP) – David Barklage, a political consultant and lobbyist whose clients have included several prominent Republicans in state government, has been indicted on a felony tax charge.

The indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on April 28 and unsealed Thursday alleges that Barklage failed to report $443,633 in income from 2012 through 2014. As a result, according to the indictment, he failed to pay $151,843 in taxes.

A statement from the law firm representing Barklage says he “maintains his innocence.”

Barklage was a consultant last year to the Uniting Missouri political action committee, which provided financial backing for GOP Gov. Mike Parsons’s successful election bid.

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