It is no point of pride that four Sedgwick County lawmakers are in the top 10 for receiving lobbyist largesse in 2006, including list-topping Rep. Joe McLeland, R-Wichita (pictured). His $2,786 included meals, golf rounds, tickets and small gifts; other attention-getting area legislators were second-place Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, and seventh-place Rep. Brenda Landwehr and 10th-place Mario Goico, both Wichita Republicans.
The regular Wichita-area delegation lunches account for some, but certainly not all, of the higher reporting numbers, as do committee assignments and other varying responsibilities. But clearly, some lawmakers simply eat up the free goodies far more than others.
What caught our imagination, though, was this part of an Associated Press report: “Sedgwick County legislators also have a reputation for being sophisticates, at least when it comes to having wine with dinner — which significantly increases the cost of a meal.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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