Lobbyists Rob Casto and Chris Marr have formed a public affairs company called CRW Management Group, and on Nov. 21 hosted a dinner at Laury's attended by Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, Majority Leader Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, and his wife, and six House staffers, at a total cost of $1,200.37, or $109.17 per person.
On Dec. 18, Mountaineer Casino lobbyist Nelson Robinson hosted a dinner at the casino's hotel for Delegates Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, and wife, Ronnie Jones, D-Hancock, Phillip Diserio, D-Brooke, and wife, and Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, for an "update on the gaming facility and issues related to the casino and racetrack," at a cost of $122.70 per person.
On Nov. 18, National Rifle Association national lobbyist Daniel Carey bought dinner for Miley, Swartzmiller, White and wife, House Finance Chairman Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, and wife, House Judiciary Chairman Tim Manchin, D-Marion, and Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion, at a cost of $56 per person.
Meanwhile, guest speakers at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier Aug. 28-30 provided with meals and accommodations were: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ($399 total cost), Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, ($961), and Miley ($345).
West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney continued a tradition of distributing Christmas fruit baskets (no "holiday baskets" for Bill ...) to various state offices.
This year, the tab hit $2,183 for 37 baskets, with recipients including the Department of Environmental Protection, Miners Health Safety and Training, Coal Mine Health and Safety, Mining and Reclamation, Water Resources, Homeland Security, and the Insurance Commission.
Also, the offices of Senate president, House speaker, House and Senate clerks, and various legislative committees, the Attorney General's office, Supreme Court, and departments of Commerce, Administration and Highways were recipients.
Last but not least, the governor's office received a total of five fruit baskets, with baskets delivered to the Constituent Services office, the "tunnel" staff, the general counsel staff, security staff, and to the governor's mansion.
Finally, on the Legislature's social calendar this week: Tuesday, West Virginia Building Trades/ACT Foundation reception at the Recovery Lounge, and West Virginia Health Care Association reception at the Marriott; Wednesday, West Virginia Library Association reception at the Culture Center; and on Thursday, the West Virginia International Auto Show VIP Gala at the Civic Center.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.