Here are three important numbers to keep in mind while you mull this graphic over:
- In 1974, 3% of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Now 50% of senators and 42% of congressmen do.
- On average, those members of Congress who leave to become lobbyists enjoy a 1,452% raise
- The suburbs of Washington, D.C. now account for 7 of the nation's 10 richest counties.
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The bill would overhaul campaign finance, impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. A government of, by, and for the people isn't an idealistic fantasy — it's non negotiable. Visit http://anticorruptionact.org to read the full provisions of the act and learn more about our plan to get it passed.
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