For his closing remarks at the annual Effingham Chamber Eggs and Issues breakfast, longtime state Sen. Jack Hill encouraged people to visit the state’s Web site for the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, which used to do business as the State Ethics Commission.
At www.ethics.ga.gov, the longtime lawmaker pointed out, citizens can find out what lobbyists have spent on legislators and more information. For instance, there are 1,066 active lobbyists and 3,057 groups represented by a lobbyist registered with the state government. Some lobbyists represent more than one group.
“You can go on that Web site and in a couple of clicks, find out what any lobbyist has spent on your legislators,” Hill said. “You can find out campaign contribution information, things you might be interested in. You should be interested in what we’re doing and how our conduct represents you.”
State Rep. Bill Hitchens, who just finished his first year of service in the House, said don’t be surprised if there are few items of note in any lobbyist report on his behalf.
“Lobbyists aren’t as interested in me as they are in other people who have been there a long time and have more clout,” Hitchens said.
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