Less than three months after they passed historic ethics reform in March, dozens of Georgia legislators headed to the beach for summer conventions — sun, surf, golf and cocktails, most of it paid for by lobbyists.
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Big spenders at summer conventions
Below are the groups that spent the most hosting lawmakers and state officials at their conventions in 2013.
Group Spending in 2013 2012 2013 Location
Georgia Chamber of Commerce $14,381 $12,903 King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
St. Simons Island
Food Industry Association $14,172 $6,364 Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Georgia Industrial Loan Association $10,446 $7,348 The Grove Park Inn
China Clay Producers/Georgia Mining Association $5,438 $4,362 Ponte Vedra, Fla.
(Georgia Mining Association)
Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association $4,853 $4,372 Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Fla
Source: Lobbyist and campaign disclosures