Nearly 5,400 congressional staffers have left the Hill for K Street over the past decade, according to a new study by LegiStorm, a non-partisan organization that tracks Congress and sells some of that data.
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5,400 Hill Staffers Have Gone To K Street
The organization also found that of about 14,000 current staffers, 605 have lobbied in the past decade. The study analyzed the records of 130,000 people who have worked on K Street or the Hill.
Some other highlights:
--So far this year, 155 lobbyists have been hired as staffers. Not surprisingly, having taken back he House last year, Republican lobbyists-turned-staffers outnumbered their Democratic brethren 8 to 1. But in 2007, when Democrats won the House and Senate, 206 lobbyists switched from serving clients to aiding lawmakers.
--393 current and former members of Congress have been paid lobbyists or foreign agents in the past 10 years.
--383 congressional aides have taken their first spin through the revolving door from the Hill to K Street this year.
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