What a lobbyist is in Washington depends on your definition of lobbyist.
Newt Gingrich has faced questions for his role with Freddie Mac, from which he made at least $1.6 million over eight years, as a "strategic adviser." But he wasn't a lobbyist, he said.
A review of the financial disclosure form for Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, shows he made $65,000 for “legislative policy consulting services" from American Continental Group, a government affairs and consulting firm -- a.k.a. a lobbying firm -- in Washington in 2010 up until Aug. 2 of this year when he filed his form.
Santorum lists that he began working for them as a consultant in July 2009 and lists them as a "present" employer.
Santorum has other consulting salaries in the six-figure range, including notably from Consol Energy in Pennsylvania. The company describes itself as “the leading diversified energy producer in the Appalachian basin.” The Penguins play at the Consol Energy Center.
And he has five rental properties at State College, PA, where Penn State is. He made between $75,000 and $250,000 from the properties, according to his disclosure in the year-and-a-half reporting period.