A new study by the Center for Responsive Politics and the group, Remapping Debate turns up more proof that there really is a revolving door between Congress and the nether world of congressional lobbyists.
The study found at least 130 congressional staffers in key positions like legislative director and chief of staff who were in lobbying jobs prior to joining their current employers. Both Republican and Democrat members include such staffers among their ranks.
"The majority of chiefs of staff and legislative directors represented corporations, trade organizations, or worked for lobbying firms that represented corporations, but a wide range of entities were represented: from the National Right to Work Committee to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; from King & Spalding to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group; and from the American Insurance Association to Human Rights Campaign," according to the CRP.
"The bottom line is that many of the most powerful congressional staffers, who are now responsible for working on behalf of the public's interest, used to make a living convincing the government to benefit a client's special interest," said Sheila Krumholz, CRP's executive director.
"Such relationships could present conflicts of interest and deserve continued scrutiny," she said.