The Congressman Who Turned the VA into a Lobbying Free-For-All


Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said that in practice, the congressional cooling-off period “doesn’t prevent the exertion of all types of influence” and “only slightly slows the revolving door.” While Marsco couldn't say how common the exploitation of this loophole is among former lawmakers, she derided the practice as “a bad look for democracy.” “The logic with this background loophole is that lawmakers won’t be aware of a former member’s role driving an action, so the potential for a corrupt influence isn’t really there,” she said.

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