Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lobbyists bash commission’s ethics courses


Many of the lobbyists said the $150 fee for the course was "absurd" and registered numerous other complaints from questioning the effectiveness of the class to griping about not serving coffee or water.

A lobbyist who classified himself as "very ignorant" about the new ethics laws even after the class said he "expected much better" for $150.

"All the training session was an effort to cost us additional money," the lobbyist wrote in the anonymous evaluations. "I hope everyone at the commission (employees) gets a raise."

"If all lobbyists attend the training, you will take in $80,100," another lobbyist wrote. "You are becoming a profit center."