Bush Policies Ease Transition For Aides Into Lobbyist Jobs

More than 150 Republicans who work as Washington lobbyists helped George Bush during his transition to power. "Coalition for Vehicle Choice lobbyist Diane Steed assisted the Department of Transportation; all-purpose lobbyist Peter Madigan helped set up the U.S. Trade Representative's office; and Jack Abramoff, who represents several Indian tribes, advised the Interior Department. After eight years of a Democratic White House, lobbyists from corporate America are helping Bush sell his policies on issues such as taxes, energy and education." This story documents the revolving door that literally lets someone work for the Bush administration one day and go into private lobbying the next.