Skip to comments.In His Own Words, Joe Biden Was ‘Seduced by Real Estate’. The Democratic presidential candidate spent decades buying ever-larger houses, frequently stretching his personal finances
Posted on 02/28/2020 8:33:03 AM PST by karpov
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Why not in the ghetto, Joe, with all your Firewall Bros who you fellate on a regular election-time basis?
You coulda got a great deal there, brought some commerce to the area, and DIVERSIFIED The Hood
If his Lips are moving...
Revealed: Joe Biden twice used his position as senator to intervene to boost son Hunter’s lobbying
Joe Biden lobbied Department of Justice Congress and Homeland Security for Hunter’s lobbying clients
BY Alana Goodman, Washington Examiner| October 24, 2019 07:37 PM
Joe Biden privately contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice when he was a senior and influential U.S. senator to discuss issues that his son Hunters firm was being paid to lobby on, according to government records.
On at least two occasions, Biden contacted federal departments to discuss issues related to Hunters firms lobbying clients, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
Bidens behind-the-scenes outreach illustrates how his Senate work overlapped with his sons business interests. Biden has faced scrutiny for taking actions that were perceived to benefit his sons work, including calling for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor and backing policies that helped the Delaware-based credit card industry while Hunter was working for MBNA, which is headquartered in the state.
Government records show that Biden, who has always insisted he knows nothing about his son’s business activities, helped Hunter’s work with strategic and highly specific interventions that could have benefited his son to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
On Feb. 28, 2007, Biden contacted DHS to express that he was concerned about the Department’s proposed chemical security regulations authorized by Section 550 of DHS Appropriations Act of 2007, according to the departments log of its contacts with members of Congress.
Section 550, which was passed in 2006 as part of the DHS appropriations bill, requires high-risk chemical plants to submit site safety plans to DHS for approval, including security credentialing and training for employees.
Eight weeks earlier, the Industrial Safety Training Council had hired Hunter Bidens firm to lobby DHS on the issue. The trade group, which represents companies that provide safety training for chemical facility employees, was mounting a heavy lobbying campaign over section 550, submitting congressional testimony about the need to expand background checks for chemical plant employees.
The Industrial Safety Training Council was seeking to expand the language in DHS legislation regarding security clearance and credentialing for chemical facility employees and employers in January 2007, according to lobbying disclosure records.
While Hunter Biden did not register as an individual lobbyist for the trade association, he was one of three senior partners in his firm at the time. The Industrial Safety Training Council paid Oldaker, Biden & Belair a total of $200,000 between early 2007 and the end of 2008.
The Biden campaign did not respond to request for comment. The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, said Biden should have avoided involvement with issues that his sons firm was also lobbying on because of the appearance of conflict.
Its implausible Sen. Biden did not know his sons firm was lobbying on this arcane issue, said Tom Anderson, the director of NLPCs Government Integrity Project.
Sometimes appearances are exactly what they are,” he said. This is a recurring problem weve seen on the Hill, where family members are enriched because of their relationship with a member.
Biden also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Jan. 31, 2007 requesting a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss expanding the federal fingerprint background check system.
I write to request your assistance in implementing an expanded background check system for our nation’s volunteer organizations, wrote Biden. If we can work together to expand the number of volunteer organizations that have access to fast, accurate, and inexpensive fingerprint background checks, we will make significant and important strides in our ongoing effort to protect kids across our country.
Biden added, I would like to convene a small meeting with key representatives from DOJ, the FBI, members of Congress and volunteer groups.
One of Hunters firms lobbying clients at the time, a coalition of state-level criminal justice advocates called SEARCH, was also lobbying the federal government for a broader fingerprint screening system at the time.
The same day as Bidens letter, SEARCH adopted a resolution calling on Congress to consider “any effort to improve the quality, completeness and accessibility of criminal history records and expand the current system to allow the return of all criminal history record information maintained by the States on the search subject through a single fingerprint check.
The group initially hired Oldaker, Biden & Belair in 2006 to lobby for federal funding for state-level criminal justice programs, paying the firm $114,000 over the next year. In early 2008, SEARCH was seeking funding to assist states in development and use of information to accelerate automation of fingerprint authentication processes and criminal justice data which are compatible with the FBIs” system, according to lobbying records.
Biden introduced a bill called the Child Protection Improvements Act on March 13, 2008, which created a national fingerprint background check system for volunteer groups that worked with children. Oldaker, Biden & Belair promptly began lobbying for the bill on behalf of their client, SEARCH, according to lobbying records. SEARCH paid the firm $93,000 in 2008, records show.
Hunter Biden founded Oldaker, Biden & Belair with William Oldaker, a former adviser to his father. During his time at the firm, he was registered to lobby for clients on issues ranging from online gambling to higher education. After Biden became a vice presidential candidate in 2008, Hunter stepped away from lobbying, and the firm was renamed Oldaker, Belair & Wittie.
ABC News reported last week that Biden was concerned conflicts with his sons lobbying work could negatively affect his presidential run in 2008.
Biden was “concerned with the impact that Hunter’s lobbying activities might have on his expected campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination,” according to court documents filed by a former business partner of Hunter Bidens in 2007, ABC News reported.
“Because my dad was vice president of the United States, there’s literally nothing, as a young man or as a full-grown adult, that my father in some way hasn’t had influence over,” Hunter told the outlet in an interview.
The son of a car salesman who was under frequent financial duress, Mr. Biden has seen up close what it looks like to scrape by. He also knows what it feels like to be worried about his mortgage payments.
Yeah, I know about that...That’s about all, huh???
So, not a “real” job...
Joe sounds like a politician ripe to have his palm greased.
I thought he always passed himself off as “Ordinary Joe”, living in a modest house and taking the train from Delaware to D.C. every day.
Lindsey Graham says, yesterday, effectively, you cant trust Rudy Guiliani-
And Joe Biden is a Wonderful man.
And thats the other party.
So, the Corruption is incredibly deep.
Actually, Biden is even worse. Hes a faker.
Biden is as corrupt a politician as there has ever been. He demands payoffs for favors granted and been deeply involved in money laundering of taxpayer dollars sent to foreign countries. Hopefully some of his nefarious activity will soon be exposed.
It’s all outrageous.
What happened is someone was running a story, and they reached out for comment.
His comments end up leading the story, but he thought it was coming out, regardless.
He got Hunter on the board at Amtrak, and Biden was treated like a King, where they catered to him (alone).
He does nothing but Lie.
See, he HAD TO steal.
His boneheaded financial decisions aren't our responsibility, only seeing justice done for his crimes.
Luckily, Hunter Biden has only been seduced by illegal drugs and strippers.
Check Joe’s OFF SHORE BANK ACCOUNTS! He’s always had MILLIONS and MILLIONS!
That all ended after he got into politics......
They all seem to be jumping on a similar band wagon... reminds me of a line from a Steve Martin movie.
A steaming pile of horse manure. He lived in North Star, an upper middle class neighborhood. Then he lived in Montchanin, a high class area full of old money. This was after he shepherded a bankruptcy bill favorable to the banks. His current home, a 5 acre plot on a private lake, was reportedly gotten with favorable terms.
So, Old Joe lies again.
He has at least three houses.
Lives in Mansion on the Potomac.
Off-shore accounts, absolutely
10k sqft home. My parents had a few of those when I was born. Made for some cool backgrounds in my baby pics and videos. Then they got fed up with the property taxes and crime.
They still live large but have advised me, regarding real estate investments, “Don’t buy anything over five thousand square feet, sooner or later it will get on your nerves.”
I used to think that was all about misplacing the keys or the phone. Turns out a big place wakes you up every day moaning, FEED ME. Upkeep and repair hassles like you wouldn’t believe.
Now when I see a big old house going cheap, all I hear is FLIP ME.
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