ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's ethics commission says a state law requiring lobbyists to report how much they spend influencing elected officials doesn't apply to money spent on the bureaucrats who work for those officeholders.
The state Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission voted Tuesday to advise lobbyists they no longer need to
report gifts, meals and other expenditures if the recipients are staff members of elected officials.
However, the commission says Georgia lawmakers should change the law to require reporting of those expenses.
The commission says a careful reading of the law shows it applies only to spending on elected officials and their families.
William Perry of the watchdog group Common Cause Georgia says
the interpretation reveals a loophole in the ethics law that needs
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
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