281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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 ScaliaThe Hill's Morning Report - Report of Bolton tell-all manuscript roils Trump defense Trump administration makes it harder for franchise employees to sue over wages Webb: My tribe is American MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperMulvaney confirms he'd have to take a pay cut to be permanent White House chief of staff Pompeo expects US-Taliban agreement to be signed on Feb. 29 DOD sued for alleged improper incineration of 'forever chemicals' MORE.


Former intelligence chief Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama Trump's nomination of an unqualified DNI undermines bipartisan intelligence reform Trump says he is considering four candidates for intelligence chief 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.