No Strings Attached

Congress Letting Money fly Away

No Strings Attached details how members of Congress-turned-lobbyists spend more of their excess campaign funds on political contributions than their non-lobbying counterparts after leaving office. CREW also found that remaining campaign money frequently benefitted former members, their families, and staff, often for years after the member left office. 

Highlights of the report include:

  • Former members spent nearly $3 million in leftover funds on campaign contributions, more than any other expense;
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) received $110,000 from former members who became lobbyists;
  • Even dead members continue to spend money. 

“At the end of their congressional careers, many members have no qualms about using leftover campaign and PAC money for access and influence,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.  “A slush fund helps smooth the transition from public service to lobbying.”

Graph Members of Congress spending

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