Diogenes 3 years, 2 months ago on Convenience stores support, helped write cigarette tax hike proposal

There is a small pocket of tobacco growing near Weston. According to MO Dept of Agriculture, tobacco accounts for less than 1/10 of 1% of the value of agricultural products produced in MO each year. Of more interest, Sen. Lamping appears to be earning the political contributions given him by Ron Leone and tobacco companies in the past couple of years. Since 2010, Lamping has received $500 from Leone's organization, $2,000 from Philip Morris; $500 from Xcaliber Tobacco; $500 from RJ Reynolds; $750 from Discount Smoke Shops; and $750 from U-Gas Convenience Stores (a big contributor in Leone's fight against Prop B to keep cig taxes low).