Lobbyists picking up the tabs in Texas … for parties unknown

Analysis: When a Disclosure is No Disclosure at All | The Texas Tribune

… More than 95 percent of the money spent by lobbyists during the last decade on food and beverages for state officials and their employees was reported — legally — without naming the recipients of those repasts.

And the amounts spent are significant, according to the commission’s online database of lobby reports. Over the last two years, lobbyists reporting spending $4.7 million on food and beverage for state officials and employees and their relatives and another $846,000 on entertainment such as concerts and games. Interestingly, they spent $2.5 million on legislative branch employees. By comparison, lobbyists spent less than $400,000 on state senators, $1.5 million on state representatives, and $1.6 million at events where all legislators were invited.

via Analysis: When a Disclosure is No Disclosure at All | The Texas Tribune.

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To understand the scope of the problem, click the link and take a look at the actual analysis the Texas Tribune article provides in graphic form.

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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