Dem Lobbyists Leave K Street For Capitol

Obama's new rules have some seeking 'cleanse' on Hill first
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 2:37 PM CST
"I'll cleanse myself there and then go to the administration," said a Democratic lobbyist prohibited from going directly from lobbying to working for Obama administration.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s tough anti-lobbying policies have Democrats headed for Capitol Hill, Politico reports. “Any Democrat worth their salt in this town wants to go work for the administration,” one lobbyist says. “But they’re just not talking to us.” Because Obama has strict policies against hiring lobbyists, many plan to “cleanse” themselves with quick stints working for lawmakers.

Since lobbyists can’t vie for White House jobs, congressional staffers are leaving in droves, and lobbyists are eager to fill their jobs. “I’ll cleanse myself there and then go to the administration,” said the lobbyist—though doing so usually means a huge salary cut.