Letter: Hewitt's record on lobbyists buying his meals reason not to re-elect him

August 6, 2013 

According to an investigation done by public radio in cooperation with The Associated Press, state Sen. Mike Hewitt was one of the top five recipients of lobbyist entertainment money in the Legislature.

Expense report records show he and the other lawmakers allowed lobbyists to pay for food and drinks at events while also accepting $90 per day additional living expenses funded by taxpayers.

While accepting gifts meant to influence their vote is not allowed, it is acceptable for lawmakers to receive free food and drinks, on an "infrequent" basis only, and if the event relates to the duties of their office.

Another reason for us to vote against Hewitt's re-election.

PAMELA K. ELLIOTT, Walla Walla

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