Report: Former members used ‘zombie campaign’ funds in lobbying for foreign interests

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At least 17 former lawmakers lobbying for foreign governments or foreign political parties maintain dormant campaign accounts — so-called “zombie campaigns,” according to a report published Friday by the Campaign Legal Center. And about half of them have used funds from those campaigns to make donations to the same legislators they lobby on behalf of foreign clients. The revolving door between Congress and K Street is well known in Washington. And the cash-for-access culture that expects lobbyists to contribute to lawmakers for the opportunity to bend their ear is also well known.

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