Press kept away from lobbyist-Congress events

EGolf clubsd Pastor is featured in an article on Congress members golfing with lobbyists:

Some caucuses and their affiliated groups, including the Sportsmens Foundation, try to keep the public and press away from events where lawmakers mingle with lobbyists.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute refused AP access to its spring golf tournament at Andrews Air Force Base, home of the presidents Air Force One jet. From the base golf shop, lawmakers could be seen getting into golf carts with lobbyists.

The events sponsors included sportswear maker Nike, drug industry lobby PhRMA, The Coca-Cola Company, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The parent company of Philip Morris, Altria, paid for breakfast, and ATT sponsored golf carts.

Signs identifying golf pairings listed Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., playing with representatives of Strategic Impact and Pinnacle West Capital Corp., while Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif. played with two Coca-Cola officials.

Baca, Pastor and Hispanic Caucus Chairman Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., did not return multiple calls seeking comment.

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