Hired Guns to Hired Hands

According to a new report by the Center for Responsive Politics, the number of former lobbyists working as key congressional staffers has more than doubled since the Republican Party took control of the House. The report, Hired Guns to Hired Hands, found that 128 former lobbyists work in key staff positions in this Congress, compared to 60 in the last one. Of the new lobbyists-turned-public servants, 79 work for Republicans, 48 for Democrats and one for an independent. Since the last Congress, the number of reverse revolver lobbyists who previously worked in the agribusiness sector increased by 243%, in the transportation sector by 223% and in the health sector by 200%.