Republican lobbyists for some of the biggest legal and lobbying firms say that being locked out of the majority leadership offices is hurting their business. “We can no longer meet with the speaker and other leaders, so the business for now isn’t so good,” says one. Another said that some clients aren’t wowed yet by the backbone of the House GOP leadership, so they might be holding off pushing pet projects Democrats might object to. As a result, some Republican lobbyists are expected to make fewer performance bonuses, which, in turn, will mean fewer donations to GOP candidates and lawmakers. “Republican lobbyists are cutting fewer checks for this crowd,” says one.
Reshuffling things does make life tougher on parasites.