Washington DC is a company town. In Washington money and power flow back and forth in a strange double helix of back scratching and back stabbing. We shouldn’t be surprised that people latch onto Capitol Hill. It’s a seductive place.
Willie Sutton was once asked, “Why do you rob banks?”
The reply, “Because that’s where the money is.”
A similar question could be asked of many a congress person, “Why don’t you go back to the area you once represented? Why would you want to stay in DC?”
“Because that’s where the money is.”
Members of Congress now make $174,000 a year — not a bad living. But usually they can at least quintuple that salary by switching over to lobbying once they retire. And many of them do just that…
…The obvious caveat in these measures is that they only represent registered lobbyists. Many former members prefer not to register, but still do work that looks very much like lobbying, with former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) being a prominent example. Political scientist Tim LaPira estimates that there’s probably twice as much lobbyingin Washington as shows up in disclosures.