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Congress Increasingly Staffed By Former Lobbyists
Huffington.com
July 11, 2011

The number of former lobbyists working as key congressional staffers has more than doubled since the Republican Party took control of the House, a new report finds.

The Center for Responsive Politics report notes the pervasiveness of former lobbyists in the 112th Congress is due in part to an influx of those working for freshman Republican representatives, many of whom campaigned as enemies of the establishment. And it finds that "major companies' former hired-guns now work for the very congressional committees they used to lobby."

The Center found that 128 former lobbyists work in key staff positions in this Congress, compared to 60 in the last one.


Researchers also determined that two House committees -- Financial Services and Energy and Commerce -- "have the highest cumulative number of former lobbyists employed by their members." Each have 14.

"AT&T alone has six former lobbyists who at one point lobbied on behalf of AT&T and now work for senators or representatives sitting on the Senate or House committees related to energy and commerce," the report states. And that's out of 13 congressional staffers in all who formerly lobbied for AT&T or a company it swallowed.

Among the other companies with more than five former lobbyists now on congressional staffs: Lockheed Martin, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Verizon and Microsoft.

When people in Washington refer to the "revolving door," they generally mean the one that sweeps people from government jobs into the influence industry.

In 2009, for instance, HuffPost reporters Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney described how the House Financial Services Committee -- "The Cash Committee" -- often served as a way-station for those seeking the big payoffs of K Street. According to their analysis of the 243 people who worked on the committee from 2000 to 2009, "almost half of the 126 people who have left registered as lobbyists, mostly for the financial services industry."

The number of former lobbyists working as key congressional staffers has more than doubled since the Republican Party took control of the House, a new report finds.

The Center for Responsive Politics report notes the pervasiveness of former lobbyists in the 112th Congress is due in part to an influx of those working for freshman Republican representatives, many of whom campaigned as enemies of the establishment. And it finds that "major companies' former hired-guns now work for the very congressional committees they used to lobby."

The Center found that 128 former lobbyists work in key staff positions in this Congress, compared to 60 in the last one. Researchers also determined that two House committees -- Financial Services and Energy and Commerce -- "have the highest cumulative number of former lobbyists employed by their members." Each have 14.

"AT&T alone has six former lobbyists who at one point lobbied on behalf of AT&T and now work for senators or representatives sitting on the Senate or House committees related to energy and commerce," the report states. And that's out of 13 congressional staffers in all who formerly lobbied for AT&T or a company it swallowed.

Among the other companies with more than five former lobbyists now on congressional staffs: Lockheed Martin, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Verizon and Microsoft.

When people in Washington refer to the "revolving door," they generally mean the one that sweeps people from government jobs into the influence industry.

In 2009, for instance, HuffPost reporters Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney described how the House Financial Services Committee -- "The Cash Committee" -- often served as a way-station for those seeking the big payoffs of K Street. According to their analysis of the 243 people who worked on the committee from 2000 to 2009, "almost half of the 126 people who have left registered as lobbyists, mostly for the financial services industry."

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