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.
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 The grant awarded to the United Sportsmen Foundation has since been rescinded.