The Texas Republican Party is throwing a fundraiser tonight featuring the state's big three GOP leaders--Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus and "many of our statewide elected officials and state legislators." It's a chance for lobbyists and anybody else with interests before the state to spend some quality time with influential policy makers, who will benefit from the fundraising the next time they seek office.
For $25,000, there is dinner for ten, access to a private VIP reception before dinner and photos with the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker. For $15,000, the same deal applies for six. Meanwhile for $1,000 you will get dinner, but none of the trimmings. Hopefully, the registered lobbyists from our area don’t have any conflicting plans this evening.
Not to be left out, Texans for Lawsuit Reform is sponsoring "Girls Night Out" on March 10 for all women legislators, legislative spouses and female staffers. "Join us for good times galore: Manicures, pedicures, chair massages and more," says the invitation for the evening to be held at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. Among lobby groups, TLR is one of the biggest spenders of campaign contributions. The group advocates curbing lawsuits against business denying citizens their day in court in order to maximize profits.
Unfortunately, LiberatedWoman did not receive an invitation to either event (I’m disappointed). The real question though is when can we expect our legislators to stop schmoozing with the lobbyists and get to work to provide the basic services needed in this state?