Georgia Power, AGL spend big for House Republicans

Turns out last month’s get-together of the House Republican Caucus on the Georgia coast was largely paid for by two big utilities.

Lobbyists for Georgia Power and AGL Resources chipped in a combined $20,000 for the July meeting of House Republicans, according to reports filed with the State Ethics Commission. The money went for meals, beverages and meeting facilities.

Georgia Power had a lot to thank legislators for this year, since the House and Senate approved legislation allowing the company to begin charging customers for new nuclear reactors before they come online.

In all, lobbyists reported spending $26,000 on the House Republican Caucus meeting. Among the other big spenders for the meeting were Kevin Perry, lobbyist for the Georgia Beverage Association ($2,209) and Haydon Stanley, lobbyist for, among others, AT&T, Georgia Beer Wholesalers, and Georgia Natural Gas ($2,000).

The other big spender since May 1, according to the reports, was the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The business group’s top Capitol lobbyist, Joe Fleming, shelled out $13,000 over the past few months, most of it to pay lodging for more than 30 legislators who attended the group’s May conference on the coast.

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Gregory

August 11th, 2009
10:48 pm

This is a situation that requires comment. Plenty to say about Zell Miller or Top 50 on the hill, but this is here at home and affects us all

Dudecicle

August 12th, 2009
8:52 pm

This should be illegal. If individuals don’t have that kind of access corporations shouldn’t either. Now, how do we get the house to vote away their “perks”?

The Snark

August 18th, 2009
4:13 pm

It’s no suprise that the Republicans sell out to Georgia Power … but it is surprising how cheaply they can be bought.

Base

August 19th, 2009
5:22 pm

Why doesn’t the state Inspector General look in to this.

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