Saturday, December 29, 2012

UGA, Georgia Tech Football Wine and Dine With State Legislators May End

As if you didn't know about all of the politics in college football you may not have been aware of all the politicians at football games each Saturday.

The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are both public schools fighting for money from the state legislature each year. Writing the check becomes a little easier for politicians after they have been wined and dined in a football suite.

For UGA, most of the “legislative day” games in recent years have been on days they face SEC opponents. This year’s, on Sept. 22, was against the Commodores of Vanderbilt. It turned out to be a good day to bring in more than 60 lawmakers and their spouses: UGA romped 48-3. UGA lobbyist Patricia Chastain reported spending about $15,000 on legislators, and another $360 on tickets for Attorney General Sam Olens, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Kristy Lindstrom, communications director for Speaker David Ralston.

Tech had its “legislative day” Sept. 15. It cost about $4,800 for lawmakers and $50 for tickets given to Olens. Again, it turned out to be a good day to show off the team and school: Tech pounded Virginia 56-20
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Yellow Jacket fans may remember Attorney General Sam Olens for sending this tweet about Georgia Tech's appearance in the ACC Championship Game.
Olens later deleted the tweet and posted an apology tweet.

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