State Sen. Joe Hune — whose district includes the Brighton and Hartland areas — received more than $1,900 in the form of free meals from lobbyists, ranking him the third highest in the state, according to an article in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.
The newspaper reported more $900 came from the nonprofit health giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Hune, R-Hamburg Township, is the chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee and has opposed a push to make Blue Cross a for-profit.
A Hune staffer defended the meals, saying the lawmaker has a busy schedule and people often meet while eating.
State Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton, accepted $237 while State Rep. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township, took none, the paper reported.
The Press & Argus followed-up on a Detroit Free Press report earlier this week that detailed an analysis of data by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. It showed more than $525,000 was spent by lobbyists the first six months of 2011 on meals for elected officials. More than $120,000 also went toward group buffets at the Capitol.