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Golfing with legislators



It's almost here! The third annual Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus Golf Tournament at Mystic Dunes Golf Club in Celebration, Jan. 27. As an event flyer states, "some of the proceeds" are for scholarships, at least two of which were given out last year.

The caucus' members are in the Florida House of Representatives. The solicitation of donations from lobbyists has been determined by legislative lawyers to be legal, because the event is not for legislators' persornal benefit. The requests are made by a non-profit charity (the caucus is a 501(c)4), and legislators will pay for their own greens' fees, food and drinks.

That's from a legal opinion dated Jan. 12, 2006, from Debby Kearney, then-House counsel, to Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami.

Here are your "opportunities," lobbyists and others: Sponsor status, $20,000 (which includes an "opportunity to make presentation, before/after event"); Presenting sponsor, $10,000; Corporate sponsor, $5,000; and the lowest of the low, $500 to be a mere hole sponsor. (That's hole, not whole). 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:24pm]


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