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Loopholes remain despite gift ban

More than a year ago, lawmakers had to start living under a tough new gift ban law they enacted in a 2005 special session. But while the law has proved cumbersome to deal with in many ways, there are still plenty of legal ways for lobbyists and their clients to provide freebies to lawmakers. For example, House Republicans who attended an August 2006 fundraiser got free hotel rooms, free food and even free park tickets from Walt Disney World. And there's plenty of other ways as well. For more, go here.


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