Revolving door swings freely in America's statehouses

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Anything goes in some states; lawmakers skirt rules in others

Excerpts from this story referencing "legislator":

"… laws. In Illinois and 14 other states, there aren’t any laws preventing legislators from resigning one day and registering as lobbyists the next, according t …"

"… r states impose “cooling off” periods of one or two years during which legislators or government officials are restricted from lobbying or taking certain pr …"

"… rust in government and corrupts policy-making.In the most egregious cases, legislators or regulators have written laws or set policy that helps a business or in …"

"… ecretary of state, who pushed unsuccessfully for ethics reforms as a state legislator. “It’s one thing when that working relationship is beneficial to your …"

Lure of lobbying still strong for House staffers

By Corbin Hiar

In spite of new ethics rules, 378 House staffers have registered as lobbyists since 2009

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… in 2010, the first decrease in a decade, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics last month. The reason for the decline in declared expenditures is unclea …"

Top health information technology firms prefer 'revolving door' lobbyists

By Josh Israel

Top health information technology firms want lobbyists with Capitol Hill or executive branch experience

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… to digital form. The Health IT funding in the bill is known as HITECH: the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. That cash wil …"

"… own as HITECH: the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. That cash will go to Health providers as an incentive to make the swi …"

"… as the act requires. Rather than wait to see what rules the Department of Health and Human Services created, some large Health IT companies decided to put …"

"… y at all (see sidebar) but those that do choose their lobbyists carefully. Healthcare Informatics magazine publishes an annual ranking of the 100 largest he …"

On financial reform bill, 52 percent of lobbyists worked in government

By Caitlin Ginley and M.B. Pell

More than half of the lobbying force seeking to influence landmark financial reform legislation is made up of former members of Congress, Ca

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comptroller of the Currency":

"… Financial Services Roundtable. Natter worked 10 years at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates some of the largest U.S. banks. The vast majority of his …"

The top 10 companies lobbying on climate change

By Marianne Lavelle

Some lobbyists have even more reason than others to be hanging out in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building this week during the ma

Disclosure filings by lobbyists still incomplete

By Matthew Lewis

After a rash of congressional ethics scandals, Congress toughened up lobbying disclosure rules by passing the Honest Leadership and Open Gov

Excerpts from this story referencing "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act":

"… s scandals, Congress toughened up lobbying disclosure rules by passing the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act in 2007. But just how transparent have lobbyists become since then? The an …"

Statehouse revolvers

By Kevin Bogardus

Study finds more than 1,300 ex-legislators among 2005 state lobbying ranks

Excerpts from this story referencing "consultant":

"… Many former legislators take jobs as legislative liaisons, public affairs consultants or government relations experts.A 2004 Atlanta Journal-Constitution& …"

"… on of Broadcasters," Gardner wrote to the Center in an e-mail. "I am a tax consultant for FAB and because I was listed as a consultant in 2003, I thought I need …"

"… in an e-mail. "I am a tax consultant for FAB and because I was listed as a consultant in 2003, I thought I needed to register as a lobbyist. Since I do no lobby …"

"… eption of both professions."They will take a job with a lobbying firm as a consultant or something like that for the two years they cannot lobby. I would say, k …"

No longer on staff

By Elspeth Reeve

Former government aides join state lobbying ranks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sonny Perdue":

"… your progress in increments."Robert Highsmith, former aide to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is currently a lobbyist with the firm Holland & Knight. He said worki …"

States outpace Congress in upgrading lobbying laws

By Leah Rush and David Jimenez

24 states have made disclosure strides since 2003

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… have beefed up their disclosure laws, but federal legislators haven't.A Center for Public Integrity survey that evaluated the strength of lobbying disclosure laws nationwide …"

"… lobbying disclosure laws haven't been modified in the last eight years.The Center for Public Integrity has studied lobbying in the states since 2002, including tracking overall …"

"… he question is, how much better?"David Jimenez is a research intern at the Center for Public Integrity. Research intern Davinia Seay contributed to this report.Correction:  …"

Lobbying FAQ

By Elizabeth Brown

What is permissible? Out of bounds? Punishable?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… nes lobbying as any communication made on behalf of a client to members of Congress, Congressional staffers, the president, White House staff and high-level e …"

"… government?Organizations that employ lobbyists in house must register with Congress if their lobbying expenditures exceed $24,500 during a six-month period. L …"

"… nal and civil offenses committed in Washington, D.C.Can a former member of Congress, legislative staff or senior executive branch staff lobby on the Hill (rev …"

"… he Hill (revolving door)?Government ethics law prohibits former members of Congress, senior legislative staff and senior executive branch staff from lobbying …"

More than 2,000 spin through revolving door

By Elizabeth Brown

Nearly 250 former members of Congress and agency heads register to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gibson Dunn":

"… e left Congress, Zimmer registered as a lobbyist with the Los Angeles firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where the former member of the Ways and Means Committee no …"

The Pentagon's stealth rainmaker

By Alex Knott

How revolving doors and large donations allow a defense lobbying firm to dominate

States outpace Congress in upgrading lobbying laws

By Leah Rush and David Jiminez

24 states have made disclosure strides since 2003

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… , members could look to the states for ways to revamp the federal system.A Center for Public Integrity survey that evaluated the strength of lobbying disclosure laws nationwide …"

"… lobbying disclosure laws haven't been modified in the last eight years.The Center for Public Integrity has studied lobbying in the states since 2002, including tracking overall …"

"… he question is, how much better?"David Jimenez is a research intern at the Center for Public Integrity. Research intern Davinia Seay contributed to this report.Correction: The c …"