Where Are Retiring Congress Members Going to Work? Loopholes Let Them Job Hunt in Secret
Thirty-five members of Congress – 32 in the House and three in the Senate – are serving out the last months of their terms while the public is left in the dark on whether new jobs they may land pose a potential conflict of interest.
The two main reasons: a loophole in legislation that was touted as promoting disclosure of retirees’ post-congressional job negotiations, and interpretations of how to apply the law. The two combined to result in almost no disclosure for these retiring members or anyone leaving office.
In the current two-year election cycle, the total number of disclosures made so far: zero.
“Nobody’s looking for work, huh?” joked Meredith McGehee with the Campaign Legal Center.