Washington. D.c—A study by the Center for Public Integrity has found that more than half the top 100 White House officials from Bill Clinton's administration subsequently went on to "represent, work for or advise" businesses operating in the fields they had regulated while in government. "These officials take measures that will benefit companies and interests while in power, and then they take positions with them," says Northwestern University professor and corruption expert
Nikos Passas. "I call that deferred bribery." Among the former Clinton aides' clients were defense companies, foreign governments, big oil, auto manufacturers, pharmaceutical giants and Wal-Mart.
Many of these former White House officials would be expected to reenter government, or at least serve as advisors, in a Hillary Clinton administration. Clinton supporter (and former Bill Clinton White House official) Chris Lehane has been fighting the screenwriters union on behalf of Hollywood studios, while Clinton's communications guru Howard Wolf-son had Rupert Murdoch as a client. None of which suggests a second Clinton administration would be inclined to seek change in key areas dominated by special-interest money.