President Barack Obama campaigned on shutting the revolving door that allows administration officials to peddle their influence on K-Street, but top administration officials are looking to land some of the highest-paying lobbying jobs during Obama’s second term. Some top-level officials had already been in negotiations with lobbying firms before Obama even won reelection.

According to The Hill, “several Obama aides started making post-election plans well before November, holding discussions with executive search firms in Washington as early as this past spring” and “asked to be kept in mind for jobs after the election.”

They just wanted to ensure they were not caught making these solicitations before the election. “You didn’t want to get caught with your pants down on Nov. 6,” said Chris Jones, managing partner at CapitolWorks.

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