By Matt McWilliams
For as much controversy as it stirs up, the Tea Party does make a good point: Money may have too much influence over politics in Georgia.
It is one of the reasons that gave rise to the Tea Party, which continues to be politically relevant nationally and locally.
“One of the reasons, I think, why the Tea Party has latched onto this issue is because the Tea Party, like many other groups, is very attuned to the gap between the citizens and their elected officials,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution conservative columnist Kyle Wingfield said recently on PeopleTV. “And certainly the issue of lobbyist gifts speaks to that gap.”
Wingfield pointed to an AJC report that shows lobbyists showered more than $800,000 in gifts on legislators during the most recent legislative session.
The Tea Party is not alone in calling for reform. The group has found an unlikely ally in Common Cause, an organization that has long called for increasing transparency in government. Together – along with Georgia Watch and the League of Women Voters – they formed the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform.