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  • REVOLVING DOOR
  • GLASS-STEAGALL ACT
  • BANK COMMODITY TRADING
Winning Issue » REVOLVING DOOR


The revolving door in politics refers to the movement of personnel from the private sector to the public sector and vice versa. Corporations often hire former government legislators, regulators and employees to lobby government officials, influence legislation and regulation, and secure government contracts. Government agencies often hire industry employees for their private sector experience and influence in that industry, and for political favors including donations and endorsements. Critics claim these relationships often lead to conflicts of interest which result in regulatory capture -where a government agency acts in a way that benefits a corporation or industry rather than the public it is charged to protect. Federal ethics rules prohibit former Senators from lobbying for 2 years after leaving office, and for one year after a Member of the House leaves office. However, recent studies have shown that due to loopholes in this rule, more than 1,600 congressional aides have registered as lobbyists within a year of leaving Capitol Hill. Other studies have shown that government employees accounted for 44% of all registered, active lobbyists in 2012, up from 18% in 1998. Critics claim this revolving door has resulted in lax enforcement of financial institutions by the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as inappropriate lobbying activities by former members of Congress. They say departing government employees should wait a longer period of time before being allowed to contact members of Congress, and that those employed by industry should likewise wait a longer period of time before being allowed to work for a government entity which oversees or regulates industry.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.318 - Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act
H.R.319 - End the Congressional Revolving Door Act




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current political revolving door policy and wish to defeat H.R.318 - Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act and H.R.319 - End the Congressional Revolving Door Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support imposing a five-year lobbying ban on all former Members of Congress; a two-year ban on lobbying contacts by former elected officers of either chamber, former congressional employees, or former employees of any other legislative office with any Member, officer, or employee, and wish to pass H.R.318 - Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Bill Posey (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support prohibiting a former Member of Congress or former congressional employee who is a registered and compensated lobbyist from being eligible for any benefits beginning after enactment of this Act under: the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP); the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS), including the TSP; the Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, including federal enhanced dental and vision benefits; or the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program, and wish to pass H.R.319 - End the Congressional Revolving Door Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. Bill Posey (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support imposing a five-year lobbying ban on all former Members of Congress; a two-year ban on lobbying contacts by former elected officers of either chamber, former congressional employees, or former employees of any other legislative office with any Member, officer, or employee, and wish to pass H.R.318 - Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Bill Posey (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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