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.