Two dozen state lawmakers are flying to luxury resorts in Hawaii for conferences subsidized and attended by interests that lobby the Legislature: oil companies, public employee unions, drug and tobacco firms, and others, according to the L.A. Times.
The special interest firms include: pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly; the nonprofit Independent Voter Project; Occidental Petroleum Corp., the Western State Petroleum Assn., Eli Lilly, the Altria tobacco firm, the California Cable and Telecommunications Assn., the state prison guards union and the California Distributors Assn., which represents distributors of tobacco and other products.
Legislators scheduled to attend this year’s event include Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), former Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare, Assemblyman Bob Wieckoski (D-Fremont) and Assemblyman Manuel V. Perez (D-Coachella).
The Independent Voter Project was the prime proponent of the initiative voters passed to change California’s primary election system to the crappy open “top-two” process. It was formed by political and business “leaders.”
A smaller number of other legislators are expected to attend a conference put on by the Pacific Policy Research Foundation from Nov. 19-23 at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui, which features a towering waterfall, several pools and a gourmet restaurant on stilts over a clear lagoon, according to the L.A. Times.
Former Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn (pictured above) is part of the Pacific Policy Research Foundation’s Board. said it was the group’s policy not to disclose the names of legislators or sponsors at the conference. Ashburn used to represent the Bakersfield area. He came out as a homosexual, days after a report that he had been at a gay nightclub in Sacramento before being arrested on drunk driving charges while behind the wheel of his state car in 2010, according to the L.A. Times.
In 2005, Ashburn, like all but one other Republican in the Senate, voted against a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in California. The bill was later vetoed by the governor.
Now Ashburn is a whore for the Pacific Policy Research Foundation. I guess they recycle lame unethical legislators.
The conferences are being held by the way a little more than a month after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have required nonprofits paying for travel to such events to disclose the donors that finance them. Our entire system is corrupt to the core!