Golden Globes: freebie police

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The HFPA has instituted strict rules governing how its members can be lobbied. Among the guidelines:

-- No invitations may be offered to HFPA members for special events (excluding screenings and premieres) unless other press also are invited.

-- The attendance of talent at HFPA receptions must be approved by a special HFPA committee and organized in conjunction with the participating studio.

-- No gifts may be given to HFPA members other than regular promotional items distributed to other journalists. Value of gifts must not exceed $95.

-- No live music may be performed exclusively for HFPA members by those eligible for Globes in the best original song or best original score categories.

-- Solicitation of HFPA members' opinions about films, television programs and/or performances is not allowed.

-- Other than press kits, no reviews or other printed publicity may be mailed to members.

Source: HFPA
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