Open Secrets: Where are they now? Lucrative lobbying gigs, other jobs landed by newly-former lawmakers
As long as individuals don’t exceed certain thresholds based on compensation and time spent on clients, they can carry out lobbying-esque work during their cooling-off period; “strategic adviser” is a typical title for these ex-lawmakers in the early days of their new careers. That, according to Brendan Fischer, director of the Campaign Legal Center’s federal and FEC reform program, makes the mandated waiting periods “fairly easy” to get around. In addition, there’s no restriction on former senators or House members lobbying the executive branch.