Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate in CT
April 12, 2022
(1) Lifetime ban on lobbying for former members of Congress, the President of the United States, Cabinet Secretaries, and all senior staff for said offices.
Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist, told CBS in 2012, “when we would become friendly with a [member's office] I would say to them… ‘you know, when you’re done working on the Hill, we’d very much like you to consider coming to work for us.’ The moment I said that… we owned them.”
“We owned them” is the definition of corruption.
Even if an elected official is not directly engaged by an Abramoff-like figure, everyone knows the game. How one votes and conducts business on the Hill has a huge impact on future job prospects. A rough average of 60% of all elected officials and staff transfer to lobbying after Congress, with an average pay increase of more than $2.4 million for congressmen.
With a pay increase that significant, does anyone really think congressional members and their staff are putting the needs of the people before the needs of a future lobbying firm?
No, of course not. In Washington, the needs of lobbyists are first today, first tomorrow, and first every day.
And Dick Blumenthal, a career-politician of nearly 50 years, leads the way.
If we take away the lobbying career path, the considerations on how to vote on any given legislation changes overnight – a positive change for the citizens.
To restore power back to the American people so government works for us again, we must end the legalized corruption. We must stop lobbyists from buying votes from members of Congress.
If you agree we need a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress and their senior staff, then send me an email and join my team. firstname.lastname@example.org