The supercommittee’s K Street connections
Nearly 100 former aides to members of the Congressional supercommittee now work as K Street lobbyists, often representing clients with a vested interest in the panel's decisions. A half dozen former lobbyists are also currently employed by the lawmakers. The connections mean that many lobbyists are now trying to convince their former employers to go easy on their corporate clients.
25 lobby on Health-care
25 lobby on Defense
25 lobby on Energy and Transportation
25 lobby on Technology and Medicine
25 lobby on Agriculture
25 lobby on Financial
25 lobby on other sectors
SOURCES: Washington Post analysis of data from Center for Responsive Politics, Sunlight Foundation and congressional lobbying records. GRAPHIC: Dan Eggen, Laura Stanton and Wilson Andrews - The Washington Post. Published September 2, 2011.
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