Cashing In On Corruption

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For a few congressmen booted out in 2006 amid charges of corruption, nothing says "turning over a new leaf" like taking high-powered lobbying jobs with people you used to help steer money too. Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) who found themselves embroiled in corruption scandals last year have both landed jobs as lobbying advisors with groups they had a history of helping financially.

 

Weldon has been investigated by the FBI for helping to steer contracts to his lobbyist daughter, and Burns came under fire for taking $150,000 from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and allegedly helping him out in return. As the article notes, Burns and Weldon aren't alone in trading in on their close ties to lobbyists when their legislating days are over -- and they won't be so long as there's still so much money to be made when legislators and lobbyists favor-trade their way down K Street and up Capitol Hill.