Lobbyists gave meals, tickets to local lawmakers
by Jon Gillooly
firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Marietta Daily Journal
February 01, 2012…
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MARIETTA — No one is listed receiving any yachts, but lobbyists do buy meals and smaller
gifts for Cobb lawmakers.
Whether it’s state Rep. John Carson (R-east Cobb) receiving a $200 Georgia Chamber
of Commerce dinner paid for by a lobbyist with the University System of Georgia or
a lobbyist with the Home Depot buying state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb) a $100
ticket to the Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues breakfast, lobbyists must report the
money they spend on lawmakers to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign
Finance Commission. …
Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said
lunches and small gifts are acceptable to most people.
“It’s the larger items that generate the questions over ethics,” Swint said. “Georgia
currently has no limit at all on what lobbyists may spend on public officials, which
to many people creates an environment open to the influence of money and gifts. It
also puts Georgia behind many neighboring southern states, including Tennessee and
Alabama, that do have limits on how much lobbyists can spend.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.