USA Today: Two ex-senators join major lobbying firm

Written by admin on January 12th, 2011

USA Today reports on the latest revolving door Senators.   Both former Senators are barred from lobbying for two years but will be able to advise clients in the interim.

USA Today

Republican Robert Bennett and Democrat Byron Dorgan are joining Arent Fox LLP, which lobbies on a host of issues including health care, trade, and technology and financial policy.

Dorgan, who retired from his North Dakota Senate seat after 18 years, will be co-chairman of the firm’s government relations practice. Bennett, who lost his nomination to a fourth term in Utah because of the Tea Party movement, will be a senior advisor in the law firm’s Los Angeles office.

It is a time-honored tradition for ex-lawmakers to join the ranks of law firms with lobbying shops. Rules in Congress prohibit former House members from lobbying their ex-colleagues for a year and senators have a two-year waiting period.

But former members can immediately advise clients on how to maneuver the halls of Congress and influence policy before actually registering as lobbyists.


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