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Congressional Staffers Flock to the Political Dark Side

Bennett, Christian Science Monitor

A study published on the site LegiStorm, a site that calls itself “transparency’s sidekick,” found that 5,400 congressional staffers became lobbyists in the past decade. Nearly 400 lawmakers made the move. Only 604 lobbyists left their jobs to work for lawmakers.

The firm attracting the most congressional talent is Podesta Group, which has 21 former Hill employees on its staff. The Washington Post says 14,000 people work on Capitol Hill and 11,700 are registered to lobby this year.

In related news, Dutko Worldwide is letting news trickle out about its expansion into the Midwest. The firm, which is now known as Dutko Grayling after being acquired by Huntsworth, has partnered with Chicago-based attorney Thomas Hynes to make inroads in the region. There are no full-time employees there, but there may be if business is forthcoming.

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