"Public officials are supposed to serve the public interest of the American people," Public Citizens' own lobbyist Craig Holman said. "Increasingly, however, these public officials are leaving government service to work on behalf of private interests, as well as their own, as lobbyists or strategic consultants on behalf of lobbying campaigns for special interests. If we want government to work for us, we need to slow the revolving door."
"If you allow public officials to immediately leave office and work as a lobbyist, it raises the potential for corruption," said Craig Holman, Public Citizen's government affairs lobbyist. "You have lawmakers who are looking at their own bottom line."