The information is contained in reports filed by registered lobbyists with the state and available for viewing online through the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission website.
Ethics reform has been a hot topic during the current session, with the Senate passing a rule on the first day of the 40-day calendar to cap lobbyists’ gifts to its members at $100 per day, per lobbyist. That took effect immediately. The House passed its own ethics reform bill last week — HB 142 — that would bar lobbyist gifts to individual lawmakers. It currently sits with the Senate Rules Committee.
While the General Assembly is in session, lobbyists are required to file reports with the state twice a month, on the first and 15th.
Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, received gifts from lobbyists totaling $768.97, the most among any other Floyd County delegate so far in 2013.
Both of the local freshman legislators — Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome — have had less than $250 spent on them by lobbyists.
Most of the spending related to Dempsey was on food or beverages, with the largest total coming from a dinner on Jan. 28 paid for by Raymon White for Select Management Resources, LLC.
The meal for both Dempsey and her husband, Lynn Dempsey, came to $181.44. Select Management is listed as a national consumer finance company.
John D’andrea, for Georgia Power Co., spent $99.75 on Dempsey on Feb. 5 on refreshments and a meal. Dempsey is a member of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications committee.
Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville, has received a total of $530.51 worth of gifts since Jan. 1, according to the reports.
A floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal, Coomer had the bulk of his spending come from a pre-session fundraiser on Jan. 8 co-hosted by Bryan Markowitz for the Georgia Optometric Association.
The function, held at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta, cost $444.99 for Coomer’s part of it. It also served as a fundraiser for Reps. Amy Carter, R-
Valdosta, and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin.
Lobbyists reported spending $206.16 on Hufstetler so far in 2013, with his biggest one-time gift being $72.15 for a dinner meeting on Feb. 4 with Margaret Fischer for the University System of Georgia.
Hufstetler is on the Senate Edu-
cation and Youth Committee.
Lumsden had just four lobbyist expenditures reported for the first two months of the year, totaling $124.46.
The largest expense for Lumsden was $70.26 for a Feb. 13 dinner paid for by Dene Herbert Sheheane for the University System of Georgia.