The Revolving Door between mega corps and government

Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Revolving Door
Although the influence powerhouses that line Washington’s K Street are just a few miles from the U.S. Capitol building, the most direct path between the two doesn’t necessarily involve public transportation. Instead, it’s through a door—a revolving door that shuffles former federal employees into jobs as lobbyists, consultants and strategists just as the door pulls former hired guns into government careers.

While officials in the executive branch, Congress and senior congressional staffers spin in and out of the private and public sectors, so too does privilege, power, access and, of course, money.
Use the search options to discover which public relations firms have signed up former White House employees, which lobbyists have brought their interests with them to the powerful appropriations committees, which interests are employing former members of Congress to lobby on their behalf…and much more. WASHINGTON — Nearly one-quarter of the lawmakers who left Congress recently are working in positions aimed at influencing government policy, even though they are barred from lobbying their former colleagues and Capitol Hill staff. At least 18 former senators and House members have signed on with lobbying and consulting firms, trade groups, law firms and other organizations with business before the federal or state governments, a USA TODAY tally shows. The analysis examined the 77 people who served in the last Congress and either retired, resigned or lost their seats. Most left in January. Former House members are barred from lobbying Congress for a year after they leave office; former senators face a two-year ban. Ex-lawmakers still can lobby the executive branch and provide behind-the-scenes advice to companies and other organizations trying to influence federal legislation. They also can lobby state and local officials. "They are cashing in on their Rolodexes," said Craig Holman of the left-leaning advocacy group Public Citizen, one of the watchdog organizations that pushed for ethics rules in 2007 that banned lobbyist-funded travel and gifts and tightened restrictions on post-congressional employment. Even without talking to their former colleagues, former members of Congress "can provide a lobbying shop with valuable insider information," he said.
I know, I know: Buddy that's just the way it is, get over it. It's still counter-productive and as can be seen in way the heck too many situations, ultimately I dare say it's a form of self-cannibalizing.

And rank ignorance.