Following up the October 2006 New York Sun editorial "Reid of the Ritz" and the February 2010 FutureOfCapitalism post Governor Paterson at the Ritz, the Arizona Republic has a report on Arizona state lawmakers who accepted free football tickets and out-of-state travel paid for by the Fiesta Bowl, which had interest in legislation:
Fiesta Bowl employees went on at least seven trips with politicians in recent years and lists more than a dozen former and current state lawmakers, including Sen. President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who joined lobbyists and bowl representatives for football weekends in Chicago and Boston.
The Fiesta Bowl spent $18,454 on the October 2005 Chicago trip and more than $65,000 on the October 2008 Boston trip.
Many lawmakers who went also took spouses, children or other family members on the junkets, which included stays at the Ritz-Carlton or other pricey hotels.
There's that sense of entitlement again.