Skip to comments.Last free football tickets for Ga. lawmakers
Posted on 09/14/2013 8:34:34 AM PDT by Olog-hai
One college football tradition in Georgia will soon disappear: Letting politicians into the stadium for free.
A new law taking effect next year bans lobbyists from giving Georgias politicians free college football tickets, a rite as well-established as Game Day beer and barbecue in the football-obsessed South.
Disclosure reports show that lobbyists have given Georgia politicians nearly $1,400 in college football tickets and related entertainment since the start of the season in late August. Thats just the beginning.
Many lawmakers get tickets in Georgia because the Legislature controls the $6.4 billion higher education budget, including the roughly $1.9 billion that comes directly from state coffers.
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When you say "lobbyists" and "politicians" you're talking many more then one of each so $1,400 ain't that much considering the cost of a good ticket these days.......
Drop in the bucket. Silly. Boob bait for the bubbas.
It has to start somewhere.
A couple of years ago members of the Newark NJ city council were upset that they hadn’t received a box in the newly-constructed arena in Newark. The arena was not even needed, but the politicians tried to force the nearby Continental arena out of business to bring the revenue to Newark & Essex County (after saying there was enough business for both as an excuse to build in Newark, they quickly turned around after it was completed and accused the “old arena” of draining revenues from them (!). Both are still open, with whites patronizing the old arena in the Meadowlands and blacks patronizing the Newark arena (for everything from concerts to the circus). Newark was able to dupe the NJ Devils into moving to Newark (their owner later publicly stated that he regretted moving), while the attempts to strong-arm the NJ Nets with their Russian billionaire owner only convinced him to move the team to Brooklyn.
Anyway, Newark city council members went on the record publicly complaining that they weren’t given a box as the old arena had done; the fact that the agreement with the old arena was part of the original negotiations to build it meant nothing to them. These parasites representing other parasites were absolutely brazen; it is no wonder that every business and taxpayer that can leave NJ is doing so.
But do they politicians have to stay in their assigned seats? Perhaps they might wander off and go to sky boxes. Does the politician have to pay a portion of the seat license too or just the cost of the ticket? Sky boxes typically have a substantial lump sum charge for the rights to use the box for a year, then they have tickets.