- Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), a member of the committee that considered the bill, now at Foley & Lardner ("Many of my clients are people who in the past I was very involved in their issues"). -- Isaac Arnsdorf, POLITICO Influence, July 5, 2016
In whatever dark corner sleaze collects, Dennis Cardoza, the Pimlico Kid and world-class Fairy Shrimp Slayer, is sure to be found. -- blj
The lobbying reform that enriched Congress
By Isaac Arnsdorf
CONGRESS TO K STREET: My story from over the weekend ... "Nine years after Congress tried to halt the revolving door, the influence industry is larger and filled with former members. This wasn't an accident ... "
"Not only did the lobbying reform bill fail to slow the revolving door, it created an entire class of professional influencers who operate in the shadows, out of the public eye and unaccountable. Of the 352 people who left Congress alive since the law took effect in January 2008, POLITICO found that almost half (47 percent) have joined the influence industry: 84 as registered lobbyists and 80 others [unregistered]. Taken as a whole, more former lawmakers are influencing policy and public opinion now than before the reform was enacted ... "
Featuring a complete list of all former members in the influence industry since 2008. With appearances by:
- Former Sens. Trent Lott and John Breaux, now at Squire Patton Boggs, "among the highest-grossing former members" of all time.
- Former Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), now at Capitol Hill Consulting Group ("I never went away, I just went invisible.").
- the late Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who went through the revolving door five times.
- Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who tried to attach a poison bill to the reform bill, and went on to lead SIFMA .
- Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), a member of the committee that considered the bill, now at Foley & Lardner ("Many of my clients are people who in the past I was very involved in their issues").
- Jack Abramoff ("This is the kind of reform Congress proposes, passes, and then congratulates itself about?").
Arnsdorf's full story can be found here: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/the-lobbying-reform-that-enriched-...