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Lawmaker-Turned-Lobbyist A Growing Trend on the Hill

Date: June 20, 2004
Author: Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
QUOTE: Two decades ago, legislators would not have been so bold about their interest in making lobbying a second career. But nowadays, sky-high lobbying salaries -- and the tendency of lawmakers to move their families to the D.C. area -- have made consulting for corporations a frequent, even acceptable career path.

ABSTRACT: Lawmakers who looking to retirement aren’t planning on just going back to life outside of the district, many have decided to become lobbyists and join the private sector to keep them and their families in the lifestyles with which they have become accustomed. But critics are saying that it will only make the public distrust government officials who are only out for the money.

--- Sari Kent

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