Lott, Breaux are following the money

Is it any surprise that former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) are partnering to be D.C.’s next team of super lobbyists? Ana Radelat of Gannett News Service quotes Public Citizen stats in her story “Lott joins heavy lawmaker-to-lobbyist trend” that show more than half of the lawmakers who leave the Senate become lobbyists.

Lott, of course, scooted out of office before stricter rules took effect that would have required him to sit out of the lobbying arena for two years, instead of one. While he bides his time on the sideline, Lott is allowed to solicit clients and hire staff.

But Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, predicted Lott and Breaux will “be quite successful” and charge “premium prices.”

He said a Public Citizen study determined top lobbyists in Washington earn between $1 million and $2 million a year in salary – and get perks and bonuses.

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