Lobbying in Washington DC is out of control.
A recent study found that the number of registered lobbyists in Washington rose from 17,000 in 2001 to 37,000 in 2008. That's over 60 lobbyists for each and every member of Congress. And it doesn't even include their staff.
Lobbying in DC today plays a key role in the incumbency protection system. Lobbyists funnel millions of dollars from corporate PACs to incumbents, which buys access to members of Congress and keeps them in office by shutting out potential challengers. It also provides a convenient place for members of Congress to go when they retire: About half of all retiring members of Congress take high-paying jobs as lobbyists once they leave.
Fifth district voters know what this spells: Corruption.
Jim believes it is time to smash the culture of incumbency, the culture of corruption, in Washington DC, which is why he promised in his Pact with the People to never take a single gift, meal or trip from a lobbyist, and to never accept any PAC money. Ever. Jim Burkee won't work for lobbyists, and he won't spend time in Washington asking lobbyists for money. 100% of his time will be dedicated to serving you.
Jim will also work in Congress with like-minded Republicans and Democrats to end the incumbency protection system.