281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE hired 281 lobbyists to his administration by the halfway point of his first term, which is four times more than President Obama hired six years into office.

One lobbyist was hired for every 14 political appointments made, according to a ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations analysis released Tuesday.

Trump had named more ex-lobbyists to his cabinet by September than Obama and President Bush did in their eight years in the White House, The Associated Press reported at the time. That includes recent additions Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaStabenow congratulates Coney Barrett, says she'll vote against her over health care Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Businesses don't operate in a financial vacuum —don't hamstring pension managers MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Senate passes stopgap spending bill hours before shutdown deadline | Brief military mentions in chaotic first Trump, Biden debate | Lawmakers grills Pentagon officials over Germany drawdown Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown Overnight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push MORE.


Former intelligence chief Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump, Biden renew push for Latino support Former Intel chief had 'deep suspicions' that Putin 'had something on Trump': book MORE was a lobbyist for the firm King & Spalding before joining the administration and the firm announced on Tuesday he is rejoining after leaving his post in August.

The so-called revolving door is also moving quickly under Trump to bring officials into lobbyist posts.

The analysis named Rebecca Wood and Brooke Appleton, who held senior administration positions at the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department, respectively. Wood is now back at law and lobbying firm Sidley Austin, and Appleton is at the National Corn Growers Association. 

Under Trump, agency officials are prevented from lobbying the agency they worked with for up to five years, but are allowed to lobby other government agencies.