Monday, March 20, 2017

Light week for freebies for legislators UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 2:34 PM

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Perhaps because it's spring break week, the social calendar at the legislature looks light this week, at least insofar as published events. Lobbyists have devised many ways to slop legislative hogs without breaking onto the public schedules.

TUESDAY

Lunch, 11:30, AEA building, host, Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign.

Dinner, 4-6 p.m., Vino's, host Drug Policy Education Group

I'm checking on committee "scheduled events."

UPDATE: A small but select lineup of fine dining on the lobbyists' credit cards:

TODAY

Dinner, 6:30,Samantha's, House Revenue and Taxation Commission, hosted by Impact Management.

WEDNESDAY

Dinner, 6 p.m., Cache, House Transportation Committee, hosted by Mullenix and Associates.

These events can be high-dollar. Take a look at the Mullenix expenditures for February, for example. They put on almost $29,000 in feedbags with a $1,470 breakfast for legislators in behalf of Big River Steel; $5,700 for a firm reception for the legislature (that's a lot of cocktails), and $21,600 reception thrown for the Arkansas Realtors Association.

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