Revolving Door: Class of 2008

The latest edition of Lobby Watch, a report from Texans for Public Justice, has ten new names for the list of legislators who served in the last session and are now lobbyist in this session. According to Lobby Watch, the luck ten legislators are averaging $389,000 each in lobbying contracts. Five of the ten are lobbying for AT&T.

One of the worries about the revolving door between the legislature and the lobby is the possibility that current legislators think about how their current votes might impact future lucrative lobbying contracts. Kindness toward an interest like AT&T could mean more cash in the campaign coffer during the next election or more money in the personal account if they lose or retire. It’s a conflict of great interest to many Texans.

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