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What do wining-&-dining lobbyists really want?

What do wining-&-dining lobbyists really want?
January 31, 2011 --

About 180 times last year, state disclosures show, a lobbyist gave House Speaker David Ralston something: A meal, a drink, a round of golf, a family trip to Europe. We know these lobbyists spent about $35,000 on the speaker in 2010. What we don’t know is much more significant: What did they want from him? Most lobbyists never answer that question, and Georgia doesn’t really make them.

For-profit colleges rake in millions from post-9/11 G.I. Bill

December 14, 2010 --

For-profit universities collected about $640 million from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill in its first year, according to a new U.S. Senate committee report. The boost to for-profits came at a time when the sector was subject to criticism for poor results and for leaving many students with unmanageable debts.

Lobbyists’ clients 3-for-3 in landing Deal earmarks

Lobbyists' clients 3-for-3 in landing Deal earmarks
November 17, 2010 --

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal put his name on three earmarks in his last year in Congress, funneling $2.1 million in federal money to three Georgia recipients. All three are represented by lobbyists Rob Leebern and/or Joe Tanner, who are now serving on his newly-appointed transition team. Those clients are among more than 130 represented by lobbyists serving on Deal’s transition and inaugural efforts. Health-care and financial-services interests dominate those client lists.

Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010

Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010
May 25, 2010 --

Gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson neglected to report $289,000 in state payments to his architectural firm from 1999 to 2002, the Associated Press reports. But Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond can go him one better: He hasn’t disclosed anything whatsoever since 2007. (UPDATE: On May 27, Thurmond filed the disclosures that were due in 2008 or 2009. A spokesman described the omission as “a simple oversight” and then called me an idiot.)

Pat Toomey, ex-Club for Growth president: $680,094

Pat Toomey, ex-Club for Growth president: $680,094
May 25, 2010 --

This Washington-based advocacy group made its name by endorsing a handful of candidates, primarily in House and Senate races, and serving as a conduit for donors across the country to support them financially. It’s put more than $300,000 into Georgia’s 9th Congressional District race on behalf of former state Rep. Tom Graves. It’s also worked out well financially for Pat Toomey, a former three-term congressman from Pennsylvania who became president of the Club for Growth in 2005.

Irvin to GOP lawmakers: Ethics was ‘our core creed … until we took over’

Irvin to GOP lawmakers: Ethics was 'our core creed ... until we took over'
January 25, 2010 --

Former House minority leader Bob Irvin chastised Republicans in the Georgia Legislature on Monday for failing to make good on the GOP’s longstanding promise of sweeping ethics reform in state government. “Ethics was part of our core creed for 30 years,” Irvin, now chairman of Common Cause Georgia, said in testimony before a joint House and Senate Ethics panel. “It was our core creed, it seems, until we took over.”

July 14

July 14, 2009 --

Madoff moved to prison in Atlanta 18 schools’ gains on tests raised suspicions Imperial coached Chambliss on how to rebut whistleblower witness at U.S. Senate hearing Parole board boosted own pay; reversed after public reaction Phoebe Putney: Georgia Watch defamed hospital

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist’s highest-paying client

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist's highest-paying client
May 7, 2009 --

DeKalb County was already lobbyist Patricia Daley’s best client when county commissioners voted last week to raise her pay. Daley’s firm charged $80,000 a year for her services when she started working Capitol Hill for DeKalb in 2001, federal records show. Her annual fee climbed to $120,000 in mid-2006, more than any of her other […]