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Fewer Hill staffers leaving for K Street, report says

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The revolving door between Congress and K Street slowed in 2013 to its lowest off-election level in at least a decade, according to a new report from LegiStorm.

Last year, 440 staffers left Capitol Hill to take jobs with lobbying firms. Those figures are lower than the average 576 congressional staffers who annually jumped ship for K Street in off-election years from 2001 to 2011, said the online database that tracks congressional staff members and lobbying.

The peak for turnover was 2007, when Democrats took control of the House from Republicans. That year, 757 staffers, mostly Republicans, left Congress.

With the exception of 2011, when large numbers of Democrats were turned out of office, Republican staffers during the reviewed years were more likely to leave for the private sector than those employed in Democratic offices.

In addition, Capitol Hill lawmakers, squeezed by budget cuts, hired fewer lobbyists in 2013 than in the past years, LegiStorm said.

Democratic offices hired 52 K Street veterans, while Republican offices took on 48. The House and Senate spent less on salaries in 2013 than any year since 2008.

About 6,500 people have both earned a congressional salary and registered as a lobbyist since 2000, the database says.

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