The "populists" are ready to descend on Washington, swelling the GOP ranks with a new anti-establishment zeal, ready to reform how things are done in DC. Or that's the conventional wisdom anyway. Not so much. ThinkProgress helpfully compiles a list of incoming Republicans teabagger types, and the corporate lobbyists they've hired to run their offices.
– Rep.-elect Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) selected lobbyist Tim Harris as his chief of staff. Harris works as lobbyist for a trade association representing the shareholders of energy companies like American Electric Power, Duke Energy, NiSource, Vectren.
– Rep.-elect Mike Pompeo (R-KS) selected Mark Chenowerth as his chief of staff. Chenowerth previously worked as a lawyer on the lobbying team for Koch Industries, the conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch. As ThinkProgress reported early this year, Pompeo was groomed for office by Koch Industries-run front groups, and has served as an executive for Koch Industries oil company subsidiaries.