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Talking Points Memo: Shadow Congress: Nearly 200 Ex-Lawmakers Work For Lobbying Shops

-Ryan J. Reilly

June 14, 2011- With historic numbers of congressional Democrats thrown out of office in the 2010 midterms, the stage was set for another surge of ex-lawmakers to go through the revolving door into the lobbying business. So we figured it was time to update our ongoing "Shadow Congress" project in which we chart state-by-state which former lawmakers are now lobbying.

With the addition of recently defeated lawmakers, there are now at least 195 former lawmakers cashing in on their public service, according to an updated list compiled by TPM. That's up from 172 the last time we checked.

Check out the members of this so-called "Shadow Congress" on our updated interactive chart. 

The new list, made up of 90 Democrats and 105 Republicans who hailed from 45 states, includes 29 former members of Congress who've been added to our list. Some of the big names who have made the switch -- Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who joined the Motion Picture Association of America, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) who's now working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) -- have drawn scrutiny for their quick turnaround.

We removed Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH), two former lobbyists who have returned to Congress, and a handful of members who had died, retired or have gone inactive.




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