281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 ScaliaAFL-CIO sues OSHA to demand standard for worker protections Trump ordering halt to pension investments in Chinese equities OSHA inspectors conducting hundreds of coronavirus-related workplace investigations: report MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTrump marks Memorial Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Birx: 'I'm very concerned when people go out and don't maintain social distancing' MORE.


Former intelligence chief Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsIntelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to improve communication with Trump: report Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief Senate panel approves Trump nominee for spy 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.