Statehouse insurance lobbyist Wayne Reece, recently booted off a nonprofit board after fellow board members found out he’d been paid $400,000 by the group for lobbying and consulting, is hosting a campaign fundraiser next month for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) according to an invitation sent out by a Washington consulting group.
Specter recently announced that he planned to haul health insurance executives before Congress to grill them about rate hikes.
The invitation said the Nov. 15 fundraiser at Reece’s home – with suggested contributions of $1,000, $2,40o or $4,800 – is also being hosted by former U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander, who was recently appointed to the State Ethics Commission.
Reece, a longtime political contributor to two 2010 gubernatorial candidates – Republican Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker – was recently in the news when he and Gwinnett County senior judge Jim Oxendine were removed from the Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Development Fund board.
Oxendine, father of John Oxendine, was the board’s chairman and Reece the vice-chairman of the organization, which is the fund-raising arm of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.
The board’s interim chairman said she wasn’t aware of Oxendine’s arrangement to have the group pay Reece’s company $15,000 a month for lobbying and consulting services. Oxendine and Reece said other board members knew about the deal. Nonetheless, the board removed Oxendine and Reece.