Breakfast was provided by veteran lobbyist Trip Martin, whose clients include Delta Air Lines, which was hoping for a tax break that it didn't get, to the House Democratic Caucus for $775. The Georgia Telecommunications Association, which was interested in legislation to expand broadband services in rural Georgia, spent $327 paying for breakfast in the offices of Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller, R-Gainesville and Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga.
Lunch and dinner for lawmakers and staff, who worked late into the night, was provided by a who's who of lobbyists at the Statehouse. The Georgia Forestry Association spent $172 on lunches for the spouses of lawmakers. Comcast, which also was lobbying on the broadband bills much of the session, spent $71 on cupcakes for Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan's office.
Just as the big feed on Sine Die at the Capitol is a tradition, so are the after-session parties. One particularly rowdy House Republican post-session party in 2007 broke up in the wee hours after one lobbyist slammed another over the head with a beer bottle.
This year, the state's Realtor and hospital lobbies, both groups who regularly have big business before the General Assembly, listed spending about $1,000 for House Democratic Caucus receptions, while a long list of companies and lobbyists reported spending about $2,500 on after-session events, which they listed as everything from "fellowship" and "dinner and entertainment" to a "House Republican Caucus Sine Die celebration."
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