Retiring Lawmaker Rep. Jean Schmidt Won’t Commit To Revealing Her Job Negotiations With Lobbyists
Zaid Jilani 3.22.2012 at 10:40 AM
Being a sellout pays when you’re a member of Congress. We unveiled last week that retired congressmen and congresswomen got 1,452% raises for becoming lobbyists for powerful special interests.
So we sent a letter to the 35 retiring members of Congress asking them to disclose any job negotiations they’re having for their post-congressional careers — so at least the public would know what’s being offered to lawmakers who are still governing our lives.
This week, Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) committed to disclosing his negotiations. But earlier this week, we approached retiring lawmaker Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) to ask her to make a similar pledge. She refused to respond to our questions, and wouldn’t even respond when we asked her whether she is even contemplating becoming a lobbyist: