by wallyg

Corporatist Democrats have a sweet scam going. Even when they lose an election, they still win.

Almost a third of the Blue Dog Democrats who retired or were defeated in 2010 have gone to work for organizations that lobby their former colleagues in Congress, according to an iWatch News review.

Well, at least now, they can just take the money directly, instead of all that fuss around calling it a “political contribution.”

“I don’t feel like I have lowered my moral standard or that you can’t work as an advocate in Congress but not [when you’re] outside Congress because it’s somehow dishonorable,” he [Earl Pomeroy] said. “I spent 18 years building a reputation for integrity and I’m not going to squander it.”

Pomeroy, the sole representative from North Dakota from 1993 until January, said he took a job with Washington lobbying firm Alston & Bird because he wants to continue to have a hand in the health care debate. He pointed out that voting for President Barack Obama’s health care law may well have cost him his seat, and “I darn sure want to make sure it works.”

Back in November 2009, Pomeroy was patted on the head by the health care industry for helping weaken the public option. And now, he’s reaping the benefits.

In a news release announcing Pomeroy’s hiring, Alston & Bird advertised his long work on health care issues, adding that Pomeroy “has been one of the most respected and best-liked members of Congress who is known for working well with both Republicans and Democrats.”

According to first-quarter disclosure statements filed with the Senate Office of Public Records, Alston & Bird has received more than $1.5 million in lobbying contracts from health interests. Clients include trade organizations such as the American College of Gastroenterology and companies like Novo Nordisk and Humana.

There really is a special place in hell for these people.