Thursday, December 20, 2007

Where are they NOW? Lobbying maybe?

The Sunlight Foundation's new website: WhereAreTheyNow is a tool to research staffers of former members of Congress and see if they ended up in the lobbying racket. The project has just started with only 12 of 268 having been researched.

Here are the results so far for two Tennessee ex's:

Bill Frist
Harold Ford, Jr.

Using the tool is simple. Pick a lawmaker you want to research from the project's home page, choose one their former aides from the the list taken from the September 2006 edition of the Congressional Directory , and look for any matches in the Senate Office of Public Records online database of lobbyist disclosures. If you do find a match, enter the firm's name and contact info from the SOPR database, and you're done with step one. If you want to verify the data, use the tool to keep track of your phone calls to the lobbying firm. And that's it. A fun little diversion for the holiday season. (P.S. -- For those curious, our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics maintain a pretty good list of former members of Congress who've gone through the revolving door--including those who left during the 109th Congress.)