SALT LAKE CITY — The president/CEO of the Utah League of Credit Unions, Scott Simpson, apparently leads the pack in spending the most on lobbying state lawmakers during 2007, according to state records highlighted last week by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Based on industry disclosure documents detailing $200,000 in expenses by 100 Utah lobbyists filed with Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, Simpson spent $15, 548 entertaining lawmakers.

Defending the outlay, Simpson told Credit Union Times the expenses are a routine part of doing business in "building a trusting relationship for future policy discussions" on bills of interest to CUs adding, "I believe our members expect their trade association to be relevant in the legislative process."

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