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Freebies at the Capitol decline

Media scrutiny and public pressure have taken a toll on the dinners, drinks and other gifts lobbyists have long offered Georgia lawmakers in exchange for a listening ear.

For the third straight year, spending by lobbyists on legislators has declined, solidifying a trend that began when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a coalition of good government groups aggressively reported the millions spent to influence legislation under the Gold Dome.

The Legislature bowed to public pressure in 2013 and instituted a gift cap of $75 that took effect last year. Lobbyists are spending less. But they are also finding new ways to game the law.

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