Earlier today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) released Revolving Door, the results of their six-month investigation into the activities of 24 members of President Bush’s cabinet. The 108-page report, as their release says, demonstrates that the “revolving door” remains open. Many of the former cabinet officers now work for corporations that they had regulated. And in other cases, these individuals helped the companies receive large government grants and contracts.
Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director, calls out these former “public servants” for using their government positions as springboards to new lucrative corporate jobs, making a mint on the backs of American taxpayers in the process. “It may be legal, but it is certainly not honorable,” she adds.
The Center for Responsive Politics has a useful Revolving Door database that tracks anyone whose résumé includes positions of influence in both the private and public sectors. The Project On Government Oversight has also done a number of good investigations exposing the revolving door between official Washington and corporate America.