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New Study Quantifies U.S. Fascism — Nearly Half of All Retired Congress Members Become Lobbyists


Washington, D.C. – As a member of the U.S. Congress, one can expect to earn a substantial income of $174,000 per year – a very comfortable sum to live on. But it doesn’ stop there, now legislators are frequently using their political careers as a stepping-stone to a much larger payday upon retirement, often quintupling their income as an industry lobbyist.

Three political scientists have tracked data all the way back to 1976 to analyze the lobbying activity of former members of Congress in an eye-opening new study.

The results of the study, “Who walks through the revolving door? Examining the lobbying activity of former members of Congress,” appearing in the journal Interest Groups & Advocacy, make clear that there has been a substantial increase in the number of members becoming lobbyists after retirement.



The data indicates that in the 1970’s and 80’s it was extremely rare for Congress members to go on to become lobbyists, as the pay for play lobbying system of today was virtually non-existent. In the 1990’s, corporate America became particularly skilled at bending the will of the state away from actually representing the people and towards their own nuanced positions through the use of lobbyists — otherwise known as fascism or corporatism.

Today, there is a reported $3.2 billion dollars-per-year spent on lobbying activity, with estimates that there is actually closer to double that amount spend, as only registered lobbyists activities are disclosed.

Congress passed the Lobbying Disclosure Act in 1995 to provide more accountability and transparency, because prior to the legislation being passed the rules for registration as a lobbyist were even more lax. Even after the Lobbying Disclosure Act, many former Congress members simply choose not to register, such as former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), but continue to engage in work virtually identical to that of a registered lobbyist.

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Here are some other interesting findings contained within the study:

Retiring members are more likely to become lobbyists if they were party or committee leaders, or they were on the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the House or the Senate Finance Committee (which have authority over tax and trade policy — always popular lobbying issues). This is especially true for House members. Backbenchers are less likely to become lobbyists.

Democrats and Republicans were equally likely to go on to become lobbyists.

Very conservative Republicans were less likely to become lobbyists than moderate Republicans.

Most retiring members (78 percent in the House, and 87 percent in the Senate) who became lobbyists went to lobbying firms that represent multiple clients, rather than going in house at a company, association or other group. This makes sense, since former members generally specialize in access, which they can then sell to multiple clients.

The logic behind having former Congress members on staff at a lobbying firm is simply to allow for greater access to the internal workings of government, as these people are intimately connected within the corridors of power.

The revolving door from Congress to K Street gives influence to large corporations that can afford the considerable sums of money required by the former Congress members, evidenced by the fact that for every $1 spent by public interest groups and unions, corporations spent $34.

These dynamics only serve to contribute to an even greater imbalance of representation in Washington, D.C. The select few with money and influence are allowed even greater access to U.S. lawmakers, while the majority of America is left virtually powerless to affect change.

“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that’ve long since bought and paid for, the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pocket, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and the information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them.”
― George Carlin

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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  • I would have bet it was much higher than half.

  • Keep on steeling.

  • We the people has become they the lobbiests… Live.

  • I’m going to have to check this one again. I can’t wait to see someone defend this shit.

    $1000 over 20 years at 10%> $1000, $1100, $1210, $1331, $1464, $1610, $1771, $1948, $2143, $2357, $2593, $2853, $3138, $3452, $3797, $4177, $4594, $5054, $5559, $6115, $6727. Our ancestors had knowledge of this and had methods of dealing with the rapid accumulation of wealth by the wealthy. Some banned usury. Some zeroed all debts each 7 years. Some had better lending practices. Usury is the lending of money at interest. Usury soon creates un-payable debts. The lending of virtual money that previously did not exist by an account entry creates a dilemma. No extra money was created to pay the interest. The interest can never be repaid and more debt is required. Foreclosures and misery occur.
    Money will double in 24 years at 3% interest.
    Money will double in 16? years at 5% interest. (1.0,1.05,~1.10,~1.16,~1.22,~,~,~,~,~,~,~)
    Money will double in 12 years at 6% interest.
    Money will double in 8? years at 10% interest.
    Money will double in 6 years at 12% interest.
    Money will double in 4 years at 20% interest. (1.0,1.2,1.44,~1.73,~2.07)”

    in “god” they trust

  • That is why this election and all future ones must be made to set an example for leadership to only be run by the New Evolution of American Politicians that must be willing to take those jobs in elected office with a sworn and enforced poverty agreement in office and for the entire future of that politicians career in government unto retirement never being allowed to work in the public sector of business after leaving elected office. All Elected in office or appointed to leadership positions in government by those elected should be of a normal income level of total net money worth as to be understanding of the common people of majority in the represented society that elected them to office. Those running for office must be only pooled from common net worth valued citizens to be a true fairest representational value to its voting public’s majority financial common peoples. Maybe then these rich office seekers will get that message that they have failed to keep the oaths they swore unto when elected. Those position must only be of an honor status value to those elected and never a money or wealth gain ability in any way at all. These days of illegal gain through lobbyist controls are ending if all do their part to enforce it though voting powers and voice. Lobbyist must be outlawed as they have no value in which any representation is provided to them by our laws to consume or corrupt elected politicians while in office or out. It is us or them…So which millionaire will you give your life and freedoms to be protected to this year…

  • Stahp voting guyyyss!


  • That is bad, but isn’t fascism. Corporatism yes, Crony Capitalism, probably but not fascism.

  • If this is a true post. This confirms what pieces of crap they all are!!

  • #ShipOfFools.

  • Didn’t I see several stories about pot where you painted lobbyists in a positive light?

  • just the facts.

  • James Potter

  • I have regarded the right wing as the Republlican FASCIST PARTY for over 10 years ! NOW I can say the establisment Democrat’s look just as FASCIST !!!

  • ANY ONE who can not see our goverment is straight out FASCISM has not been paying attention these past 40 + YEARS !!!

  • Please bring on anarchy

  • Daaamn

  • That’s when Capitalism becomes your religion!!!


  • If you want real time info of the facts in Burns Oregon check out Pete Santilli he has been bringing this to light past the media blackout

  • Would you expect any less from proffessional liars ? How could they get an Honest job after being a polUtition ?And how many honest jobs pay as well as congress ? They just don’t want to leave behind all their partners in crime so just switch sides !

  • We need to vote them out!! Just like a president, not allowing them to reinlist