Hewitt a top recipient of lobbyist money


According to an investigation done by public radio in cooperation with The Associated Press, Sen. Mike Hewitt was one of the top five recipients of lobbyist entertainment money in Washington state.

Expense report records show he and the other four allowed lobbyists to pay for food and drinks at events while also accepting $90 per day additional living expenses funded by taxpayers.

While accepting gifts meant to influence their vote is not allowed, it is acceptable for lawmakers to receive free food and drinks, on an “infrequent” basis only, and if the event relates to the duties of their office.

Another reason for us to vote against Hewitt’s re-election.

Pamela Elliott

Walla Walla


Iopine 2 years, 5 months ago

Wouldn't say anything about the current Governor taking out of state funds and getting donations from the Teachers Union ($850,000)? If we are going to nit pick let's cover all the politicians and not just one representative. How about the $2 million influx (Mayor Bloomberg's CPac) to promote the same sex marriage agenda? There are multiple agendas to cover and not enough room to list them all.


PearlY 2 years, 5 months ago

Hmmm. I'm skeptical of this story. The two top spending lobby groups in Washington State are the WEA (teachers' union) and the SEIU (Service Employees union), both of whom devote millions to funding Democrats. They're followed closely by a couple of other unions. Granted, they may not 'entertain' as much, but they make it up by massive campaign contributions and political ads. And it's a sure thing they're not contributing those millions to Republicans.

If a legislator can be bought for a few $32 meals ($2000 divided by 62 meals), surely one can be bought better (as one example) for the $69,000 that the WEA contributed in "independent opposition spending" to defeat Republican Julie Olson in Clark County, winning the slot for the Democratic candidate by a mere 139 votes. There's one state legislator who REALLY must be bought and paid for, right?


Myinput 2 years, 5 months ago

For heavens sake - do you really need to go after Hewitt. Moving on.


oldguyonabike 2 years, 5 months ago

Right, Mike Hewitt does a good job representing Walla Walla. Lobbyists pay for a few meals and they get an honest conversation with a nice man.


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