“Off the books” schmoozing in Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes Georgia’s lobbying laws in this story about perceived loopholes in the law.

Under state law, all lobbyists are supposed to register with the state and report their expenses for the public to see. The policy goal: Let the public see who is trying to influence their elected officials and how they’re doing it.

But what counts as lobbying? Lobbyists and legislators say loopholes and lack of clarity in the law have made it impossible to tell when such off the books schmoozing crosses the line.

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