Thousands Ditch Congress for Lobbying Firms: Study
Study says almost 5,400 have jumped ship in past decade
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2011 12:37 PM CDT
There's a veritable carpool lane connecting Congress to K Street.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – There’s a veritable car pool lane connecting Capitol Hill to K Street, according to a new study, which found that almost 5,400 ex-congressional staffers and nearly 400 former lawmakers have taken jobs with lobbying firms over the past decade. The road goes in the opposite direction as well, with 605 ex-lobbyists taking gigs with lawmakers over that time. The tallies, which come from online disclosure site LegiStorm, are significantly higher than previous estimates, the Washington Post reports.

“People who are experienced in Washington tend to be better at doing this kind of work than people who have never worked in the government,” reasons Tony Podesta, whose Podesta Group boasts more ex-Hill denizens than any other outfit. But LegiStorm thinks the influence of these staffers-turned-lobbyists is troublesome. “For every person the American people have elected,” LegiStorm’s founder says, “special interests have more than one former legislative advocate now working on the inside in Congress.”

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Derni
Sep 13, 2011 5:49 PM CDT
That you for identifying the systemic problem: The structure of government needs to be changed in order to save this country. We need 3 or more political parties. We need term limits. We need to get rid of lobbyists.We need to pay Congress only based on their production. We need to change the laws on how they operate-No blocking others that have the vote etc. And many other changes too numerous to list here. Things will NOT change unless we make the systemic innovations.
Nora_Kit
Sep 13, 2011 2:52 PM CDT
I am so so tired of hearing about the dysfunctional things the United States government is doing. I just feel so weiry. I mean when a person is brought to the point of vomiting over and over again you just don't care anymore. Just vote for Obama who cares! We get what we deserve.
nick
Sep 13, 2011 1:39 PM CDT
Our system of government simply has outlived its usefulness. Every politician is either currently bought and paid for, or soon will be, by the highest bidder. And thanks to the Supreme Court, it will keep getting worse, but at a greatly accelerated pace. Shame on us (US), pun intended. I wonder if England would take us back.