The “revolving door” between Capitol Hill and K Street has long been an unspoken truth inside the Beltway. Recent years have seen money flood Washington, however, with 50% of ‘retiring’ senators now taking lobbyist positions. This figure is up from 3% in the late 70’s. You can’t say it’s not worth their while, with the average Congressman taking a 1,452% pay increase–on average–as lobbyists. With the average Congressman making $174,000 a year, that places your average congressman-turned-lobbyist just north of $2.5 million. Check out a comprehensive list of all 425 former Congressmen turned lobbyist here; or read on about 10 of the most well known.