Three of Four Oil Lobbyists Came From Government, Washington Post Says : The Two-Way Lobbyists Include 18 ex-lawmakers and two former directors of the MMS.
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Three of Four Oil Lobbyists Came From Government, Washington Post Says

More than 430 industry lobbyists once had jobs in legislative or executive branches, according to The Washngton Post. AP hide caption

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More than 430 industry lobbyists once had jobs in legislative or executive branches, according to The Washngton Post.

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The Washington Post is reporting today that the cozy relationship between regulator and regulated is even cozier than we thought.

The Post says three out of four lobbyists representing the oil and gas industry worked in the federal government, a proportion the newspaper says "far exceeds the usual revolving-door standards on Capitol Hill."

Key lobbying hires include 18 former members of Congress and dozens of former presidential appointees. For other senior management positions, the industry employs two former directors of the Mineral Management Service.

Yes, that's the same Mineral Management Service, or MMS, that has such a stained reputation for fraternizing with the very industry it's charged with overseeing.

The Post analysis was based on lobbying data, employment histories and other records, the newspaper says.

All told, more than 430 industry lobbyists once had jobs in the legislative or executive branches ... Scores had ties to major committees that shape federal oil policies or to lawmakers who supported industry priorities while in Congress, records show.

The story says that 15 of the 18 former members of Congress-turned-lobbyists are from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Kansas.