09/09/2010 10:48 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lobbyists Rush To Hire Republicans Ahead Of Midterms

WASHINGTON -- With Democrats in danger of losing control of Congress, some prominent lobbying shops, trade groups and contractors are already moving to bring more Republicans on board to bolster their political fortunes.

Lobbyists, political consultants and headhunters all say that the going rate for Republicans -- particularly current and former House staff members -- has risen significantly in just the last few weeks, with salaries beginning at $300,000 and rising to as high as $1 million for private-sector positions.

"We're seeing a premium for Republicans," said Ivan H. Adler, a lobbyist for the McCormick Group in Washington, which specializes in executive searches. "They're the new 'It' girl."

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