Meanwhile, lobbyist Phil Reale had an interesting twist on the proliferation of free lunches for legislators.
He spent just over $400 having desserts delivered April 11 and 12 to major House and Senate committee offices, as well as to the offices of the speaker, president and House and Senate minority leaders.
Given that legislators get $131 a day for expenses ($55 a day for commuters), it's too bad they don't have to turn in receipts for expense reimbursements like in the real world.
Some of the larger fetes this reporting period: West Virginia Municipal League, Feb. 18, 325 attendance, $12,280; West Virginia Association of Counties, March 11, 685, $29,305; West Virginia Auto Dealers Association, Jan. 24, 776, $26,065; West Virginia Coal Association, March 7, 632, $20,917; West Virginia AFL-CIO, March 6, 400, $17,138; West Virginia Beer Wholesalers, March 18, 160, $9,085.
Back during the session, I noted that auto dealers lobbyist Ruth Lemmon had taken a group of Republican senators to Café Cimino in Sutton.
She reported the total cost of the March 13 dinner at $1,676, along with $200 for the limousine rental. She listed Republican Sens. Bill Cole, Mike Hall, Clark Barnes, Chris Walters and Mitch Carmichael, along with two Democrats, Daniel Hall and Mike Green, as guests.
Meanwhile on March 13, lobbyist Nelson Robinson took Delegates Brent Boggs, Tim Manchin, Stephen Skinner, Randy Swartzmiller, Rick Thompson, Charlene Marshall and Nancy Guthrie to dinner at the Chop House, with the tab running $127 each.
On March 25, he took Sens. Jeff Kessler, Mike Hall, Art Kirkendoll, Chris Walters, Jack Yost, Bill Laird, and John Unger to the Chop House, with a tab that ran $133 each. (Robinson indicated that Skinner and Sen. Truman Chafin were also in attendance, but did not eat.)
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