Yep, its that time of the year again when the influence-peddlers mollycoddle California lawmakers whom accepted food, travel, tickets and other gifts totaling more than a half-million dollars last year, ranging from a $14,000 trips to Brazil to expensive fine crystal glass.
It’s all free. Or is it… Actually it’s too good to be true.
Lawmakers are selling themselves to the highest bidding lobbyist like common street whores .
Many legislators are the worst kind of whores whom sell themselves, their votes – and sell out the public because they are compromising the political system.
When they return from their free trips after all the Lindsay Lohan partying, massages and the likes, the lobbyist get their vote. Often to the detriment of the public.
Gift-giving to the Senate and Assembly totaled roughly $171,500 in gift items and $329,000 in travel, according to annual financial disclosure statements released Saturday.
A pack of five legislatures along with the head honcho of the Public Utilities Commission are headed to Poland on a free eight-day trip bank rolled by influence peddling lobbyists. You can bet the six will be in bed with these folks down the road when the ayes or nays are called.
While a nine-members herd of freeloader from the California Assembly are flying to the island of Taiwan.
Just to mention a few freebie, $700 in cigars or cigar boxes, $500 in in crystal ducks. Drinks on the house everyone. That is if you are a legislative whore, like Sen. Alex Padilla and Assemblyman Luis Alejo who reported receiving $6,572 and $5,495 in gift items.
Assembly leader Norma Torres, D-Pomona, accepted $20,000 in trips, including $10,811 from the American Israel Education Foundation.
Dirtbag Sen. Anthony Cannella was the Senate’s top recipient of travel gifts, $18,979, including a Brazil trip.
A couple of other freeloaders includes Assemblywoman Connie Conway, and Susan Bonilla. Their March 23-29 trip is funded by the government of Taiwan.
Legislators in Poland are Sens. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assemblymen Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach; Steven Bradford, D-Gardena; Henry Perea, D-Fresno; and Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont.
California Energy Division Director Edward Randolph made the trip with his female “John”, lobbyist Karen Edson, President of Independent Energy Producers Association.
The best case scenario is no public official could accept a gift of any sort. Not even a cigar or dinner. How extreme would that be? Genuine public servants is pretty extreme.