281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report 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 ScaliaBiden should keep the new commonsense independent contractor rule Demolition at the Labor Department, too AFL-CIO calls on Trump to resign or be removed from office 'at once' MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military MORE.


Former intelligence chief Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFormer Trump officials including Fiona Hill helped prepare Biden for Putin summit: report Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? Experts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid 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.