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View Diary: Coincidence! WI Sen's Mistress gets State job. (162 comments)

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  •  Can't accept anything worth $5 or more, yes (16+ / 0-)

    Including casseroles! If legislators are invited to an event where food or other refreshments are served, they're supposed to pay a nominal fee to cover the cost.

    I've organized lobby days for advocacy groups in a number of different states and WI is the only one I've worked in where legislators have refused even small gestures like handing out cookies and coffee at an information table. One of my clients once tried to thank a helpful aide with a very modest bouquet of flowers, and it was promptly sent to the local nursing home.

    •  I just reviewed the rules yesterday (9+ / 0-)

      Lobbyists can't even purchase a cookie or a cup of coffee from a vending machine located in a business that happens to have hired a lobbyist. Legislators can't supply even one donut at a fundraiser. Nothing. It makes no difference what any pending legislation is about or even if there is nothing going on at all.

      There's no doubt whatsoever that sleeping with a registered lobbyist or an employee of a lobbyist or a company that hires a lobbyist is forbidden. The fact that she accepted a job is a violation, too.

      There is no $5 threshold. The rules clearly say "any pecuniary value". It's tough to be a vendor or a service rep in WI.

      The bad news is that this is an ethics violation that will never become an impeachment or expulsion.

      Not until the recalls happen, that is.

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 03:01:50 PM PDT

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