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Legislators and lobbyists bond over mai tais on Maui
Legislators and lobbyists bond over mai tais on Maui

I got into the news business covering the Washington State Legislature as a student intern for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. In those days, lobbyists would host frequent fundraising events for key lawmakers during the legislative session and there was always lots of free food. Since I was paid barely enough to cover a dorm-type room and really cheap meals, I dropped by as many of these parties as I could and I'd head straight for the buffet. I didn't think about the ethics of it at the time; I was just hungry. The practice of special interests raising money for legislators while they were in the midst of deliberating legislation that affected those same interests was...

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