Tuesday, September 18, 2018

These are the best-fed Michigan lawmakers of 2018

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 2:06 PM

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  • Lotta Republicans cashing in on free grub from lobbyists.

Who says corporate dollars can only flow to a lawmaker's campaign coffers? Thanks to lax laws surrounding the wining and dining of elected officials, the people tasked with making decisions about what to do with your money are eating good too! Members of the GOP (and even a few Dems) are raking in as much as $3,201.71 in free meals as lobbyists try to win favors by going straight for where politicians most vulnerable – their stomachs.

Here are the best-fed state reps and the top teats from which they suckle, based on new a review by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network:



1. Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Kalamazoo)
Tab: $3,201.71
Top teats: Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $1,107.44
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers — $317.72

2. Rep. Lee Hatfield (R-Levering)
Tab: $2,993.10
Top teats: Muchmore Harrington Smalley And Associates — $645.94 Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $428.27

3. Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Township)
Tab: $2,676.30
Top teats: Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $872.75
Consumers Energy — $323.17

4. Rep. Fred Durhal (D-Detroit)
Tab: $2,236.28
Top teats: Kelley Cawthorne — $762.34
Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $565.90

5. Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills)
Tab: $2,158.81
Top teats: Chris Mitchell, Health and Hospital — $463.49
Blue Cross Blue Shield — $422.35

6. Sen. Tory Rocca (R-Sterling Heights)
Tab: $1,888.50
Top teats: Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $693.83
Kelley Cawthorne — $522.80

7. Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive)
Tab: $1,530.21
Top teats: Robert DeVries, multi-client — $610.39
Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $386.34

8. Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet)
Tab: $1,457.85
Top teats: Chris Mitchell, Health and Hospital — $427.50
Midwest Strategy Group — $297.60

9. Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake)
Tab: $1,358.91
Top teats: Muchmore Harrington Smalley And Associates — $361.48
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers — $317.72

10. Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)
Tab: $1,289.97
Top teats: Governmental Consultant Services Inc. — $894.66
William Zaagman, multi-client — $127.36

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