The University of Missouri will pay the lobbying firm of Sen. Roy Blunt's son $10,000 a month to represent it in Jefferson City.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the contract with Andy Blunt's firm was signed Monday amid the racial unrest on the Columbia campus. Andy Blunt also is the campaign manager for his father, who is a Republican.
Democrats have questioned whether it's proper for a campaign manager to receive money from a state institution.
University spokesman John Fougere says negotiations had been underway before this week. Fougere added that Andy Blunt, a University of Missouri graduate, was brought in because of his deep connections in Jefferson City.