This post first appeared at Mother Jones.
There may be no Washington lawmaker cozier with K Street than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). DC law firms and lobbying shops are stuffed with ex-McConnell staffers and pals. And he uses them well to preserve his power and position. As the conservative National Review reported, “McConnell has often exercised power in DC by pressuring major donors to withhold donations from a given lawmaker or organization. His allies on K Street are often the people who deliver this message and ‘enforce’ it.” The stats below show just how close McConnell is with the well-heeled lobbyists of Washington, DC — a relationship that no doubt will serve both sides well, should the GOP win the Senate and McConnell become its majority leader.