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Rep Phil King has no problem with treating his commission members to dinner paid for by lobbyists

15 May 2005 at 2:16:09 PM

The Panel will dine on the lobbyists dime, instead of Rep King paying for the dinner himself.

In a move that has good-government groups crying foul, a Texas House committee chairman has elected to hold a end-of-session dinner for his committee at the posh $4 million home of one of the state's most powerful lobbyists.

Invited are all seven members of the House Regulated Industries Committee, headed by Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford. The panel deals with some of the most powerful companies in telephone, cable and electric utilities.

The Austin lobbyist is Neal "Buddy" Jones, whose clients include AT&T and FPL Energy, each with business before King's committee.

King said he sees nothing wrong with the arrangement.

"It's just the custom around here -- every committee that meets, and usually some lobby covers the cost," King said.

But Suzy Woodford, director of Common Cause Texas, said committee leaders typically pick up the tab for the end-of-session dinners -- and that's how it should be.

"And I don't care if it's typical or not -- it's still not right," Woodford said. "We don't agree with it, and we think what he's doing is an outrage

We found this diatribe about Stooge Phil King on Cranky Greg's website.

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