Revolving Door Still Open for Lobbyists
“Revolving door” describes the common phenomenon of government officials being in charge of regulating companies for which they worked, and then, after they leave office, going to work for the same companies they were just regulating. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has issued a report that illuminates the post-government activities of 24 members of President George W. Bush’s cabinet. Of the 24, 15 held positions with 40 companies that lobby the cabinet member’s former department. The most impressive record was compiled by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson. Within four years of leaving the Bush administration, Thompson managed to parley his access to government decision makers into salaries from 42 different companies.
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