Should politicians be banned from becoming lobbyists? | The Tylt
Politicians often leverage their insider status to lobby after leaving office. Critics say this is pay-to-play politics and should be stopped. Others say it's protected speech and anyone can hire a former politician, not just corporations. What do you think? Vote now!
Should politicians be banned from becoming lobbyists?
There is a direct pipeline for politicians to move from Congress to a high-paying job as a lobbyist.
The idea to ban politicians from lobbying is raised from time to time. Banning politicians from lobbying would help ensure politicians are actually serving their constituents, instead of doing it for the money.
Lobbying is a form of political speech and is therefore protected. Critics argue there should never be any infringement on speech, no matter how well-intentioned the ban is.
Here's the tension between the two arguments. No one likes politicians who peddle influence, but it's protected under the First Amendment.
Here's another great read if you want to understand why lobbying is a contentious issue.