The group sponsors kickball, dodgeball, volleyball and flag football as well as parties, happy hours and other social outings.
“There are a ton of staffers that play,” one Hill-aide-turned-lobbyist said.
4. The Dubliner, 4 F St. NW. Lobbyists say that if you’re looking for senior aides — and sometimes Members — the Irish pub can be a pot of gold.
“Whenever I go there, I run into all kinds of old staff,” one GOP lobbyist said. A veteran Democrat concurred that it’s a place to catch folks who have been around the Capitol for decades.
5. Capitol Nails Salon, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Located one block from the Hart Senate Office Building, getting a manicure and pedicure and potentially seeing a Hill aide or Member makes for a K Street trifecta.
While this spot obviously skews toward the female crowd, keep in mind that when he was in Congress, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) was known to stop in for a pedicure.
Still, not all lobbyists find the pursuit of Members and their aides any fun. Christine Sequenzia, a lobbyist who worked for an animal welfare group that had no political action committee, said that as a nonprofit advocate, she had to get creative in finding spots to have one-on-one chats with lawmakers.
That “pay to play” atmosphere, she said, shouldn’t exist. “Members and staff should be much more accessible to the average Joe,” she added.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.