TEA Party-Peach Pundit-PolitiKlout Poll: Overwhelming Support For Gift Caps

Among those who participated in the text poll sponsored by the Atlanta TEA Party, Peach Pundit, and PolitiKlout, there is overwhelming support for a gift cap as part of ethics reform.

The question read “Do you support ending Georgia’s practice of unlimited gifts to legislators from lobbyists?”  The results are as follows:

A) Yes 78.79%

B) No 15.15%

C) Undecided 6.06%

We again thank our polling partner of PolitiKlout for this text based poll. 

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8 comments

  1. sunkawakan says:

    I’ve come to believe that there is no justification for ANY lobbyist gift of ANY amount to a legislator. The current unchecked practice is not very far from bribery, and should be prohibited immediately. If a lobbyist wishes to meet with a legislator, they should only do so during work hours and at their place of business (in session and at the Gold Dome).

    Violation of the prohibition should be a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum of 10 days in prison for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense, and a felony offense carrying a minimum 1 year prison sentence for each violation thereafter. Both the lobbyist and legislator should be subject to the penalty.

  2. Looner says:

    If you minimize a politician’s power, you minimize what they can sell to lobbyists. You also minimize the number of scumbags that want to become politicians.

    • Calypso says:

      I don’t see what you mean about minimizing a politician’s power. This would minimize the influence currently wielded by the lobbyists toward the politicians in power. I don’t see their power (politicians) being diminished if this were to happen.

      • I’m not trying to put words into Looner’s mouth but perhaps he/she is talking about limiting government power. I can tell you most lobbyist are there to try and stop us from ruining their clients ability to do business with some stupid law or regulation. Reduce the fear people have about what the government is going to do to them and the lobbyists go away. Stossel had an interesting article along those lines yesterday.

        “There is a smarter way to get corporate money out of politics: Shrink the state. If government has fewer favors to sell, citizens will spend less money trying to win them.”

        • Harry says:

          Buzz, do you see evidence of lobbying for purpose of receiving special legislative treatment for the lobbyist’s client? Are some entities seeking to influence legislation which would limit or eliminate the playing field? For example, why does Southern Company seek to exclude the possibility of homeowners and businesses selling solar power back to the grid? Also, is it true that grain producers are prohibited under Georgia law from selling their product directly to buyers without using the services of licensed grain elevators – some of which seemingly are owned by members of the legislature?

          • You absolutely right Harry. There are lobbyists who on behalf of their clients or employers push laws to give themselves a competitive advantage. However, there are over 1000 lobbyists. Overwhelmingly they are hired or employed directly by companies to fight against crappy laws that would harm their businesses.

        • Harry says:

          Please note the following from above source:

          The aggregate capacity limit is essentially a limit on the number of people that can hook up to one grid to take advantage of net metering. Georgia’s aggregate capacity limit for net metering is currently only 0.2% of the total circuit load. We won’t bore you with the technical details; sufficed to say, that’s low. Real low. If many of your neighbors are already producing their own power, you may find yourself waiting for space on the grid because of the draconian standards the state has set.
          Georgia sadly also lacks any regulations preventing utilities from requiring redundant external disconnect switches or separate liability insurance that can unnecessarily cost residential customers money. Nor do the net metering and interconnection laws contain any safe harbor language to protect customers from unexpected fees sprung on them by the utilities.
          All in all it’s a pretty sad state of affairs here so far as net metering and interconnection goes. To our ongoing dismay, we haven’t gotten much right here at all, except that tax credit.

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