Nearly 5,400 former staffers have jumped from Congress to K Street in the past decade, according to a new study.
The congressional aides, along with almost 400 former lawmakers, became lobbyists after leaving Capitol Hill in the last 10 years, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday based on online disclosure website LegiStorm’s study. This year, 2,900 former staffers are currently registered as lobbyists.
And it goes both ways: 605 current Hill staffers were once registered to lobby Congress in the past 10 years.
The House Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means committees have the most staffers with lobbying experience, with 14 and 13, respectively, coming from K Street.
The organizations that most ex-Hill staffers end up lobbying for include the Podesta Group, which counts 25 former staffers among its ranks, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has 21.
“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 before,” Podesta Group founder and chair Tony Podesta told the Washington Post.
LegiStorm matched names in the congressional salary database with congressional lobbying to compile its information, which is available in its new subscription service launched on Tuesday.
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