While running immediate past-Speaker of the Georgia House Glenn Richardson out of town on a rail, the tar and feathers-toting crowd is howling about the influence of money-wielding lobbyists on state government.
The Atlanta papers are reporting that Richardson received more than $50,000 in food and fun since he ascended to the speaker position in 2005. And he’s not the only recipient of glad tidings from Georgia corporations and other special-interest groups.
In 2009, according to the State Ethics Commission (click http://ethics.georgia.gov/Reports/ReportSummary.aspx), lobbyists have dumped more than a million bucks entertaining state elected officials and bureaucrats.
It’s like these clean-government people are opposed to the entertainment industry. Let’s say it’s non-governmental spending in support of bars, restaurants, strip clubs, and professional sports of assorted types.
Let’s give these lobbyists some appreciation for supplementing the income of our poor, underpaid and overworked public servants.
My word, people act like Glenn Richardson ran on a platform of good government and family values.