What is a "revolving door" with regard to interest groups?

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The image of the revolving door is used when talking about the relationship between interest groups and the government.  It alludes to the fact that it is common for government officials to move into the lobbying business after they leave office.  The idea is that there is so much movement that it can be characterized as a revolving door between the two.  This issue is important to some because they feel that it leads interest groups to have too much influence.  Interest groups have influence because government officials will hope to work for them after they leave office.  Therefore, they will not want to offend the interest groups and will be more likely to do as the interest groups wish.

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