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Lobbyists Spend Hundreds of Thousands on Lawmakers

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lobbyists spent almost $650,000 dollars to wine and dine state officials during 2012, but numbers of how much went to each state lawmaker seemingly aren't available.

"The law is written to allow most of what goes on to go unreported," said Rick Robinson with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He's responsible for the numbers on lobbying expenditures for the research group. He found the following:

  1. $36.5 million Lobbyist Salaries
  2. $650,00 Wine-Dine
  3. $62,000 Was Reported
  4. Unknown Expenditures.

"87 percent of what connects to some individuals isn't reported as connected to the individuals," said Robinson. "We can't find out who got that and they as lawmakers and administration officials don't have to report it on their end either."

Most of the lobbying, wining and dining money goes unreported and is only reported in a lump sum. 13 of the top 20 big lobby spenders were so called multi-client lobbyist company's GCSI spent almost $1.6 million. Former Attorney General Frank Kelley and Former House GOP Leader Dennis Cawthron's firm was next at $1.2 million, followed by former lawmakers Jimmy Karoub's firm at $972,000.

"They report who their clients are ,but they don't report what they spend representing anyone of those clients," said Robinson. "Is there a quid pro quo. We don't know anything about that and I wouldn't suggest that. It certainly buys access."

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