The news is out: [The California lawmakers criticized for agreeing to attend a week-long policy conference on the sandy beaches of Maui may have had to put down their mai tais for a moment to deal with the blistering criticism that has continued at home.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the annual conference is being held at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel, where the rooms can cost more than $500 per night.
The event—which is traditionally subsidized by lobbying groups—gets criticized during a normal year. But this year, with so many families in the state facing financial hardships, the meeting has been met with even more scrutiny.
Jamie Court, the president of the group Consumer Watchdog, told the paper that it is an abuse of office “to have oil, utility and other big companies that lobby in the Capitol paying for a Hawaiian getaway” with a hula show and golf outings.]
That’s the way it goes everywhere.