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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Financial reports say lobbyists spent more than $77,000 on parties for Kentucky lawmakers in January and February.
Those reports were filed with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, and show the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery party was the most expensive, costing nearly $15,000.
Richard Beliles, chairman of the government watchdog group Common Cause Kentucky, called the spending on parties "egregious."
Lobbyists seek face time with lawmakers to discuss issues, and throwing parties provides opportunities to talk one-on-one. But Common Cause Kentucky contends the parties give well-financed lobbyists an unfair advantage in influencing legislation.
The financial reports showed lobbyists spent an average of nearly $560 per lawmaker on meals, receptions, and events in that two-month period.