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Volume: 14 Number: 4

Title: Revolving Door

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Center for Responsive Politics

URL: http://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/

Date Checked: 10/2/2008      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 10/2/2008

Topics: Politics; Law Firms

Other keywords: Lobbying; government ethics; financial disclosure; campaign finance; voter education; Campaign funding; Congress; Elections; government staffers; influence

Contents: The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, donor-supported research group dedicated to tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Revolving Door is a new addition to the Center’s revamped OpenSecrets.org website (annotated in vol. 8, no. 9 of InSITE). Named for the “revolving door that shuffles former federal employees into jobs as lobbyists, consultants and strategists just as the door pulls former hired guns into government careers,” Revolving Door aims to “reveal the relationships between those who represent special interests and those in government who regulate those interests.” Revolving Door provides links to information about members of Congress, federal agencies, Congressional committees, lobbying firms and organizations with a strong presence in DC. The site’s database is searchable by name or keyword identifying the government position or employer, and by employment. The “search by name” feature includes a separate drop down menu for former members of Congress. The employment search allows researchers to see where administration, agency, congressional, and committee staffers have come and gone. Data is available for staffers from the Ford administration to the current Bush administration. Each individual’s information includes a graphic employment timeline and an employment history reflecting time in lobbying firm, private sector, federal government, or state/local government. The site also lists industries represented and the person’s expertise and interests. Revolving Door is a successful effort to provide transparency to the workings of the federal government.

Author of Annotation: J. Callihan


Last Modified: 6/20/2012