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More than 220 Capitol Hill staffers have taken jobs as lobbyists in 2014

Via The Hill:

Legistorm, an organization that compiles and analyzes congressional data, reported that the number of departures to K Street in 2014 is on pace to exceed the last election year of 2012, when about 329 staffers left to go lobby.

"Headhunters said a number of factors explain the jump, including a ‘brain drain’ of ambitious aides who are frustrated by the legislative gridlock."

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National Journal: 

"It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

"The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent."

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Because nothing says romance like a political fundraiser: 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is using her upcoming 30th wedding anniversary to raise some dough for her IRL PAC leadership PAC. “IRL PAC invites you to Ileana & Dexter’s 30 Year Wedding Anniversary Pearl Fundraiser,” announces an invite obtained by PI. Celebrating the Florida Republican’s wedding anniversary will cost a cool $5,000 for a table of 10 or $1,000 per couple. The fundraiser celebration will be held July 12th in Miami. 

(Via Politico Influence)

Because nothing says romance like a political fundraiser: 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is using her upcoming 30th wedding anniversary to raise some dough for her IRL PAC leadership PAC. “IRL PAC invites you to Ileana & Dexter’s 30 Year Wedding Anniversary Pearl Fundraiser,” announces an invite obtained by PI. Celebrating the Florida Republican’s wedding anniversary will cost a cool $5,000 for a table of 10 or $1,000 per couple. The fundraiser celebration will be held July 12th in Miami. 

(Via Politico Influence)

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I hope the syllabus includes strategies for dodging phone calls from members of Congress asking for money.
Public Campaign Communications Director Adam Smith in this Politico story on educational programs to become a better lobbyist.

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Huffington Post: Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones is one of the few Republicans to vote against Wall Street and support campaign finance reform. And now, these special interests are trying to defeat him:

A Huffington Post review of these reports shows that Wall Street donors, financial industry lobbyists and war hawks provided $135,900 — more than half of Griffin’s funds.

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Mitch McConnell’s “Sandbag Dinners”

Want to know how Washington works? Here’s an example from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (via CNN):

His team built a fundraising strategy around that strength in the run-up to the last two elections. They invited Republican lobbyists to dinner with McConnell in a private room at Carmine’s, a family-style Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, with no apparent price of admission. But after spaghetti and meatballs, McConnell thanked everyone for coming, told them he needed them to contribute the maximum allowable in personal money ($30,800 in 2012) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and then sat back and waited. What followed was a long, pained silence, one of McConnell’s preferred negotiating tools. Then, one after another, attendees acquiesced. Organizers called these “the sandbag dinners.”

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