Capitol lobbyists spent thousands of dollars on midstate lawmakers in 2011, and they're on pace to spend as much or more in 2012.
According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, lobbyists shelled almost $37,000 on 12 of Central Georgia's state legislators last year.
The reports reveal that lobbyists bought meals, sports tickets and lodging for the lawmakers. The reports also reveal that the more power a lawmaker has, the more money lobbyists spend on them.
When the General Assembly is in session, hundreds of lobbyists spend thousands of hours on the third floor halls near the House and Senate chambers.
Every day, lobbyists pull lawmakers aside to discuss pending bills, and as the transparency reports reveal, lobbyists open their wallets and pick up legislators' tabs on everything from baseball and football tickets to motel and food expenses.