The Government's "Revolving"-est Doors

Former employees of federal agencies can often find good (and lucrative) jobs as lobbyists, capitalizing on the connections that they forged while in public service. As OpenSecrets exposes, the numbers of revolving-door-enthusiasts is reminiscent of the Ebola epidemic as this deadly-to-democracy disease spreads from department to department ripping away 'hope and change' wherever it appears. "Revolvers" include those as powerful - and well connected - as secretaries of state and as far from Washington as Peace Corps volunteers... but The Department of Commerce tops the list...

 

The agencies shown here have employed the greatest number of former lobbyists - or sent the greatest number of former employees to lobbying firms and interest groups.

 

AgencyNumber of revolving door people profiled
Dept of Commerce1736
Dept of Defense1688
Dept of State1452
Dept of Health & Human Services1225
White House1216
Dept of Agriculture1112
Dept of Army1080
US House of Representatives876
Dept of Justice864
Dept of Energy840
Dept of Transportation750
Dept of Interior700
Dept of Labor555
Dept of Housing & Urban Development530
Dept of Homeland Security520
Dept of the Treasury444
Dept of Navy428
Dept of Education412
Dept of Air Force312
US Senate256

 

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Source: OpenSecrets.org