Obamacare A Boon To Insiders-Turned-Lobbyists
Obamacare is bagging Washington lobbyists big bucks as corporate clients line up to hire K Street lobbying firms made up of former government officials with high-powered connections.
"After passage of major legislation, those who have networks on Capitol
Hill take exceedingly lucrative jobs with the same industries subject to
the legislation,” Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman told The Hill. “It
raises questions about the [bill's] integrity.”
- Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), who served on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee where he oversaw healthcare and tax policies, signed up with Alston & Bird in 2011
- Yvette Fontenot, former legislative adviser to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who joined Avenue Solutions, a four-woman Democratic lobbying firm that bags nearly $3 million a year
- Dora Hughes, former senior counsel to Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who signed up last year with Sidley Austin law firm to provide "strategic policy advice"
- Chris Jennings, formerly of the Clinton Administration, was picked up by the Obama White House last month to help with Obamacare implementation