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Monday, April 9, 2012 - 5:00am

Lobbyists Shower Gifts On Lawmakers

Lobbyists spent almost $10,000 a day on gifts for Georgia lawmakers during the legislative session.

An analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows lobbyists spent $866,747 on gifts for lawmakers between Jan. 1 and March 31. That's the equivalent of $9,525 per day.

The gifts included more than $17,000 in free sports and events tickets, dinners that cost as much as $245 apiece and golf outings.

The expenditures came as a statewide coalition called the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform urged legislators to limit lobbyists' gifts to $100 per event. The measure never emerged from committee during the 40-day session.

There are signs of change: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's office told the newspaper on Friday he plans to study the issue of lobbying later this year.