Sen. Rebekah Warren ranks No. 4 on list of Michigan lawmakers receiving lobbyist-paid meals
State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, ranks No. 4 on the list of Michigan lawmakers receiving free food and beverages paid for by lobbyists.
Lobbyists spent more than $525,000 in the first six months of 2011 buying meals for state elected officials, according to an analysis by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
Warren had a total tab of more than $1,800, according to data provided by Rich Robinson, the network's executive director.
The group's analysis shows that included $105.14 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $972.02 from Governmental Consultant Services Inc., $61.25 from Kelley Cawthorne, $295.26 from the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, $364.28 from the Michigan Bell Telephone Co., and $3.26 from the Michigan Municipal League.
Warren could not be reached for comment.
State Rep. Rick Olson, R-York Township, ended up further down the list with $925 in meals from lobbyists.
That included $66.43 from the State Bar of Michigan, $27.55 from Finkbeiner, $220.80 from Governmental Consultant Services Inc., $111.55 from Hemond, $162.56 from Hingst, $65.29 from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $149.15 from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and $121.60 from Mitchell.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, received $746 in meals from lobbyists.
That included $29.85 from Finkbeiner, $395.96 from Governmental Consultant Services Inc., $154.27 from Hemond, $12.21 from the Michigan Municipal League, and $153.80 from Wilson.
State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, didn't make the list. State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, received $288.82 in meals, all from GCSI.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, who represents part of Washtenaw County, was the top recipient. Data provided to AnnArbor.com shows him with a total tab of $2,865, which is slightly lower than previously reported figures.
That came from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Business Leaders for Michigan Inc., Government Consultant Services Inc., Hemond, Hingst, Kelley Cawthorne, Kheder Davis and Associates Inc., Meridian RX LLC, Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, Michigan Bell Telephone Co., State Bar of Michigan, and Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates.
Overall, the top three special interest lobbyists buying food and beverages for legislators were Kelley Cawthorne, AT&T of Michigan reporting as Michigan Bell, and GCSI.
GCSI is a lobbying firm that represents Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti Township, and the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in Lansing.
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