MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released records show that then-Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder accepted an invitation for a fishing trip offered by the lobbyist for a self-described sportsmen group just days before an affiliate of the organization won a $500,000 state grant.
The Republican Suder tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Monday that he paid for his own way for the outing in August with the head of United Sportsmen of Wisconsin.
The trip came about 2 1/2 months after Suder engineered money for the grant into the state budget. The grant awarded to the United Sportsmen Foundation has since been rescinded.
United Sportsmen's executive director and lobbyist Scott Meyer offered the two-day fishing trip to Suder for free. But Meyer and Suder both say Suder paid his own way.