One reason is because everyone understands that there is a big check waiting for them later if they “play ball.”
Jim Messina, the former Obama 2012 campaign manager, Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, and David Plouffe, the former Obama senior adviser, all received five-figure checks to deliver remarks at the event.
5-figure checks to “deliver remarks.” It adds up.
Big names get the biggest checks, of course. Lobbying jobs, “speaking fees,” etc. But members of a legislator’s staff move over to a lobbying firm or big corporation and get good 6-figure jobs.