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Columbia Missourian

Cabinet appointee ends lobbying tie to KC group

By The Associated Press
November 19, 2008 | 4:47 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Jay Nixon's newly announced administration commissioner has ended his lobbying work for a community development company.

Kelvin Simmons had been registered since March 2007 to lobby state lawmakers, executive branch officials and local government officials. A day after Nixon selected Simmons to head the Office of Administration, he pulled the lobbyist registration.

Simmons was registered to lobby for the Kansas City-based not-for-profit Swope Community Enterprises. A Nixon spokesman says Simmons was paid by the Swope Health Services, which operates a health care center.

The Office of Administration is responsible for coordinating the central management of state government. The office has several divisions and handles duties such as accounting, facilities management and computer services.