Landlord for St. Louis casinos no longer has prominent lobbyist on payroll

Landlord for St. Louis casinos no longer has prominent lobbyist on payroll

JEFFERSON CITY — A prominent Missouri lobbyist is no longer representing a company that serves as a landlord to gambling casinos across the state.

Until Monday, Steve Tilley, a close ally to Gov. Mike Parson, was listed on state ethics reports as registered to lobby on behalf of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc.

But, after being contacted about the relationship by the Post-Dispatch, GLPI says Tilley is no longer working for the company, which owns the real estate for six casinos in the St. Louis region.

“Please be advised that Mr. Tilley’s firm no longer serves as GLPI’s registered lobbyist,” said company spokeswoman Melissa L. Furillo.

Tilley updated his lobbyist registration with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Monday to show the relationship had been severed.

The Post-Dispatch was seeking information from GLPI concerning a different Tilley client, Torch Electronics.

Torch, a Wildwood-based company, has placed slot machines deemed illegal by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in gas stations and liquor stores across the state.