The real money is when they leave congress and become lobbyists. And term limits would be the best thing that ever happened to lobbyists. Once someone is in office for a while they are less dependent on lobbyists than someone running the first time. Someone running for office the first time has no name recognition, fundraising base or experience in how to win elections. Lobbyists can help with all of that when they support a candidate that agrees with their positions. While term limits would mean they could ignore the people that helped them win their last election once in office it also means lobbyists would have more influence in open seats. Overall term limits would increase the power of lobbyists, not decrease it. One argument I used the hear from my pro term limit co-workers that has not been brought up here is that with term limits congress would be completely free to do what they thought was the right thing to do with no consequences. Which is true but not a good thing. How are you guys going to feel when that ultra conservative, pro 2A, law and order, candidate you voted in decides to vote for "common sense legislation to ban weapons of war" and legislation restricting the police because he feels it "is the right thing to do"? What are you going to do about it? Vote him out of the office he has to leave anyways due to term limits? He is going to be much more concerned about how his positions will look on his resume than what you think.