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The Deseret News has a story on recent lobbyists’ gifts in Utah.

Lobbyists gave Utah legislators nearly $16,000 worth of gifts during the third quarter, for a total of more than $166,000 so far this year, according to disclosure forms filed Friday.

That averages to nearly $1,600 in gifts for each of Utah’s 104 legislators for the year — with freebies ranging from Utah Jazz tickets to gift certificates, golf, expensive meals and travel.

Exactly who receives most of those gifts is a mystery. Lobbyists must name recipients only when they spend more than $50 a day on a specific lawmaker. Many gifts fall just under that limit, or lawmakers sometimes pay for part of the gift to keep it under that threshold. With that, the recipients of nearly 90 percent of the gifts are unknown.

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