February 23, 2012

Is the Revolving Door Big Enough?: 400 Former House Staffers Registered to Lobby in Past 2 Years

What happens when you leave your job on the Hill? You’re welcomed with open arms on K Street. At least, that was the case for nearly 400 former House staffers who left Congress to register as lobbyists from 2009 to 2011, according to a new Sunlight Foundation study. Sunlight’s Leo Drutman writes:

More than two in five former House staffers who registered as lobbyists went to one of Washington’s many lobbying firms. One in five went to lobby for a for-profit corporation, and another one in five went to lobby for a business or trade association. In other words, corporate America is capturing the lion’s share of former Hill staffers’ expertise. A large number also represent state and local governments and universities in their work for lobbying firms.

This graph illustrates the overwhelming pull K Street has on staffers departing the Hill:

Where Former House Staff Go
 

  • Doug

    Many people think the problem with Congress are the elected members themselves. What they do not know is that Congress is really run by their staff – they are the real problem. Another point that is overlooked is the reason why “K” street hires these people. It is because they provide special access to the Members and their staff. That alone is a violation of the House And Senate ethics rules because staff must treat all constituents equally and not everyone can hire a lobbyist nor should they to in order get help from a Member.

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