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No more free college football tickets for Georgia politicians

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Another tradition has fallen by the wayside in Georgia, but don’t expect too many people to raise a fuss over it.

Effective this coming January 1, a new state will ban lobbyists from giving politicians free college football tickets.

Disclosure reports show that lobbyists have given Georgia politicians nearly $1,400 in college football tickets and related entertainment since the start of the season in late August. That’s just the beginning. Last year, registered lobbyists shelled out more than $14,000 in tickets and perks at college football games, according to an Associated Press review of the spending reports that lobbyists must file.

Many lawmakers get tickets in Georgia because the Legislature controls the $6.4 billion higher education budget, including the roughly $1.9 billion that comes directly from state coffers.

While Georgia is finally cleaning up this blatant example of political corruption, other states aren’t bothering. State lawmakers in Alabama get the perk of buying tickets at face value, while the common fan has to donate money for access. Wisconsin allowed politicians access to tickets for sold out games back back in 2005.

The ban isn’t in effect yet, which means Georgia will continue to give out perks in the meantime.

The current law is in effect for this football season. And we’ll abide by it,” UGA spokesman Tom Jackson told the Associated Press. “And the new law isn’t going to affect us until next football season. And we’ll abide by the new law.”

The new law isn’t that big of a deal, but any small step to keep politicians from gaining influence in college football (and vice versa) is just fine with me.

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8 Responses to “No more free college football tickets for Georgia politicians”
  1. dcroz says: Sep 16, 2013 7:41 AM

    Like every other law, politicians will find a way around it, or since they also control the cops and courts, they will have the legal system look the other way.

    Here in Alabama, buying tickets at face value is little league; until state laws changed in the last several years, it was a common practice for state lawmakers to have themselves appointed to cushy, no-show jobs within the state’s junior college system as “consultants” or as administrators; these “jobs” often paid around $100K a year. Such is the “Ol’ Boy Network.”

  2. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:05 AM

    Wait… I didn’t think politicians were a fan of higher education!!..

    The recent hike in student loan interest goes to the government for kids to borrow the money to attend any college even the community colleges. So universities charge a “sick” amount of tuition, the government increases the amount of interest on loans and the politicians get tickets for free or damn near free!!

    Yep sounds about right!!!! :-|

  3. dryzzt23 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    I blame the “political” class, and the media that supports any means to grow the government.

  4. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    Perks are perks. You can’t take them away.

    I bet $1,400 is chump change in the grand scheme.

  5. drummerhoff says: Sep 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Its good to see we are taking the small steps to clean up these perks that politicians think they are entitled to. Now, we need to take the greater step of removing the BS that big corporation think they are entitled to…. That’s what’s killing the us and the sport we love.

  6. justalonewolf says: Sep 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    they are not fans of higher education, they are fans of higher denomination!

  7. hatesycophants says: Sep 16, 2013 5:44 PM

    You cite Wisconsin as an example of this practice from “back back” in 2005?

    Where do they find you tools?

  8. excessivedrinking says: Sep 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    Ohio State plays nobody, year after year.

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