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Former Lobbyists Working For Congress Outnumber Elected Lawmakers
Want to work for an elected official? Turns out that being a former lobbyist is still the best way to get the job. According to a new study by research group Legistorm, former lobbyists now working as staffers drastically outnumber the elected lawmakers they work for.
Out of about 14,000 people on the current congressional payroll, 605 have lobbied Congress for outside interests in the last ten years; they are only a fraction of the 5,400 current and former congressional staffers that have come through the revolving door in the last decade.
“On average, every business day this year at least two Hill staffers have decided to cash in their experience and connections to become registered lobbyists,” said Jock Friedly, founder and president of LegiStorm.
Since January 2011, 388 congressional aides have become newly-minted lobbyists. Meanwhile, in that time, 155 lobbyists have become congressional staffers.
The majority of former lobbyists joining this year are Republicans given the GOP-led House.
And the revolving door just keeps on spinning…