Charitable or Not?
By mustang6560 on 11/16/11
A lobbyist for Illinois-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America treated the Lt. Governor of the state of Georgia, Casey Cagle, to an all-expense-paid trip (totaling $5,000) to attend the McGladrey Classic last month in Sea Island. The trip included playing in the pro-am, a cocktail party and two nights at the Cloister resort, which I hear is a swell place.

As you can imagine, it didn't take long for a government watchdog group to file a report with the state ethics commission in response to Cagle's trip. But, you needn't worry about political collusion or anything of the sorts, the Lt. Governor was simply demonstrating his deep rooted belief in supporting charitable work.
(Ben) Fry, the lieutenant governor’s spokesman, said it was “disappointing that some would attempt to distort his support of the charitable work of the Davis Love Foundation and economic development in a sad attempt to score cheap political points.”
Georgia state law does not limit the value of gifts public officials can accept from lobbyists so Cagle did not break any laws by accepting the trip. But, from an ethical standpoint, you have to wonder how Cagle, or any other politician for that matter, can justify the trip? Oh, and did I mention that CTCA is opening a new facility next fall, and the facility got a green light thanks in no small part to legislation passed in 2008?

Man, I've been going about this whole "charity" thing wrong for the past 20 years! I thought the idea was you were supposed to donate your own money and time to help build homes or pass out meals. I had no idea accepting gifts exceeding a nominal amount to play golf in pro-ams and stay in fancy hotels counted as charitable work - dang it!

Well, while the state ethics commission sorts out the details of the report, Cagle is off to Australia for a business trip. What a coincidence, isn't the Presidents Cup this week too? What fortunate timing!

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photo by Georgians for Cagle

[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
bkuehn1952 says:
It is too bad that dirt bags like this guy have to sully the name of golf by acting like a pig at the trough. If he is not willing to pony up the fee out of his own pocket he should have been ashamed to even show up.

NOT, as Banker85 states!
falcon50driver says:
In the U.S. we have the best politicians money can buy.
Matt F says:
@merlin - spot on!
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Nature of the beast, unfortunately. If we could get tax reform in this country, it would alleviate much of this problem.
wrhall02 says:
This is the way our political system has worked for decades. K Street owns our politicians. Both parties are owned by Lobbyist and special interest groups willing to pay. Quid pro quo!
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