"People like Elizabeth Dole have given too much power to the special interests." --Kay Hagan, 2008.
"This is going to be a contrast between me putting North Carolinians first and the special interests." -- Kay Hagan, 2014
Megan R. Wilson reports at The Hill:
After being courted by many K Street firms, former Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the firm plans to announce on Monday.
Akin Gump is Washington’s largest lobby shop by revenue, taking in more than $35 million in advocacy fees alone in 2014, but Hagan still has another year before she would be able to register to lobby.
Senators are required to take a two-year “cooling off” period before they can directly advocate before their House and Senate colleagues. Hagan left Congress at the end of 2014 after losing a tough reelection battle to then-Rep. Thom Tillis (R).
Hagan, who will be serving as a senior policy consultant within the firm’s public law and policy practice, is staying mum on whether she’ll become a registered lobbyist.
“That’s something we'll look at down the road,” Hagan told The Hill, adding that she’s instead looking forward to doing consulting work for Akin Gump’s clients.