Revolving Doors

Researching Corporations, Front Groups, and Corporate Influence on Government

These links can help you research the influence of business (aka big business, corporations, big corporations) on government, the media, and other areas of life. This information is often difficult to find as this kind of influence tends to be exerted through a wide variety of means such as campaign donations, pseudo-grassroots organizations, PR and advertising campaigns, lobbying, professional organizations, research funding (or obstruction thereof), and more.

While every effort has been made to link to sites that present accurate information, it's important to view everything you find with a grain of salt. Interaction between a corporate representative and a government official doesn't necessarily mean explicit corruption. Political scientists and other academics have debated the extent, forms, and impact of corporate influence for decades. These complex issues deserve careful consideration from the people most interested in building a more just world - activists, researchers, and other radicals. Activists and independent journalists can always post their questions on the main page to get further assistance with making the most of these resources.

For now, this guide will focus most of its efforts on US politics - but that can change if you contribute international resources (domestic ones are, of course, also welcome)!

Categories include: For Starters, Lobbying, Interest Groups, Front Groups, Funding/Tax Info, 527s, "Revolving Door", Think Tanks, Wikileaks Cables, US Government Records, Government Contracts, and Money in Medicine & Science

For Starters
Recent LA Times story regarding the failure of many corporations to fully disclose political spending

Answer: QUESTION: Public Officials, Revolving Doors


Hi Mitch,

I did some searching on, which I've found to be a useful resource for these sorts of questions (money and politics, revolving doors). Here are a couple results which may be of interest:

You may be interested in these blog posts pointing out some of Cabot's many violations:

I also searched for coverage of the public meeting you mentioned. Some of these articles may point you to the information you need:

Good luck!

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I can't answer specifically as to numbers of DEP hires by Cabot, but here are some recent news stories about PA state government officials going to work for the gas industry:

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QUESTION: Public Officials, Revolving Doors

question / pregunta: 

Recently, there was a large public meeting in North East PA where a gas industry rep (who had worked at the state DEP for many years until getting his new job) said mentioned that his company had hired many people from the DEP. How can I find out who these people are, at least potentially, and their numbers? The specific company was Cabot Oil & Gas, but there are many other companies that could be doing the same thing.
Thank you

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