December 23rd, 2011 10:43 am | by COREY PEIN News | Posted In: Politics, Sports, Schools, Legislature

U of O Lobbyists Hawk Rose Bowl Tickets To Lawmakers


Oregon state legislators last week got a special offer from the University of Oregon's Office of Government and Community Relations, its in-house lobbying shop: tickets to the Rose Bowl.

In the following email, sent Dec. 13 and obtained by WW today, a staff member in the office offers lawmakers access to tickets "on a first come-first served basis." The email gives the ticket price as $175—that's face value—plus an unspecified handling fee. It also includes a price sheet for travel and hotel packages "sponsored" by the U of O alumni association.

If lawmakers pay for the full value of tickets and travel, they're likely in the clear as far as state ethics guidelines go. Nevertheless, the email offers access that the general public and many alumni may not enjoy.

U of O government relations staff have not yet returned WW's call, and we'll update this post when they do.

Subject: Rose Bowl Tickets- UO Vs Wisconsin, January 2

Dear Legislators:

The Office of Government and Community Relations has a limited number of tickets available to the 2012 Rose Bowl game vs. Wisconsin, and we are making them available to our state leaders on a first come-first served basis.  If you, your family, or your colleagues would like to purchase tickets, please notify me at your earliest convenience.

Ticket prices are approximately $175/ticket +handling fee.

The email goes on: "We are glad to share with you information on a number of wonderful events planned. I've attached information about UO Alumni Association sponsored travel packages (that ensures access to the UO's 'official' hotel)."

The Ducks face the Wisconsin Badgers on January 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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