Knight-Ridder looks at the "Washington tradition" of departing members of Congress staying around town to take lucrative jobs lobbying their old buddies on the Hill, among other things. Our favorite: GOP Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana, author of the tailor-made-for-industry prescription drug law Congress passed last year, who's becoming the head of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to the tune of a reported $2 million a year. "The rules say you can't lobby your former colleagues for one year after you leave office," Knight-Ridder reports. "Even so, 272 former members of Congress have registered as lobbyists since 1995, according to PoliticalMoneyLine.com."
Don't let the revolving door hit you on the way out
December 22, 2004 7:56PM (UTC)
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.MORE FROM Geraldine Sealey