The lobby has spent the following totals this session on state legislators, their staff and other state officials, as well as family members.

$1.8 million on food and meals

$147,000 on entertainment

$184,000 on gifts.

Some of this spending is on receptions or lobbyists delivering food to legislative offices, but reporting requirements are so weak that it really is impossible to know who is receiving this largess. The links go to PDF documents on a download from the Texas Ethics Commission. To explore further on your own, click here. 

Ethics reform was a major item for Governor Greg Abbott, but it appears to be stuck and about to die.

If any lobbyists or groups that are listed in the above reports want to comment to explain their spending, please, feel free.