Thursday, December 31, 2015

And the 2015 award for outstanding achievement in the field of corruption goes to...

Mary Landrieu
Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s move from elected office to lobbying firm has landed her on the conservative Washington Examiner’s list of top “revolving-door moments” of 2015.

The “revolving door” phenomenon in politics is often scrutinized for shuffling government officials between the public sector and lucrative jobs in the private sector, giving special interests more influence in the process. Washington has made efforts to curb its effect, but it’s still quite common.

Landrieu, a three-term Louisiana Democrat who lost her re-election bid against Republican Bill Cassidy in 2014, can’t officially lobby Congress until 2017, but she can work as a consultant and lobby the administration. In May, she signed on as a consultant with Van Ness Feldman, a firm that represents several clients in the energy industry. She landed the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, a group of coal companies, as her first client in October.

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