Skip to comments.Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties. Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.
Posted on 08/01/2020 5:07:53 PM PDT by karpov
WASHINGTON It was one of the few issues on which President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. disagreed how far to go in limiting the influence of lobbyists in government.
The vice president privately complained that his bosss effort to slam shut the revolving door between K Street and the administration would deprive it of experienced talent, and he bristled when Mr. Obamas aides tried to block him from hiring a well-connected Washington operator who had lobbied for pharmaceutical and insurance companies, credit agencies and others.
Eight years later, that same confidant, Steve Ricchetti, is helping to run Mr. Bidens presidential campaign. Also involved to varying degrees are other advisers, operatives, fund-raisers and allies with deep connections to Washingtons lucrative lobbying, communications and strategic consulting industry.
That puts Mr. Biden at odds with powerful elements of his partys liberal base. Increasingly, they are expressing concern that the military contractors, Wall Street banks and other major corporations that paid members of Mr. Bidens inner circle while they were out of government could hold disproportionate power in a Biden administration.
Politically, it could limit Mr. Bidens ability to cast himself as the antidote to the anything-goes access peddling that has proliferated in President Trumps administration. Under Mr. Trump, lobbyists and campaign donors have not only enjoyed access to the highest levels of the administration, but have been tapped to lead cabinet departments and have exerted remarkable influence over policies of intense interest to their former employers.
Its worrisome, broadly speaking, that a Biden administration could end up abiding by the unfortunate bipartisan norms of putting people in posts where they oversee industries or employers they just left, said David Segal, co-founder of the liberal group Demand Progress.
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if justice works.. biden has yet to answer for past sins... before november.
OUCH. THATS GOTTA HURT.
The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.
Neither bird nor plane can fly with two left wings.
Biden is an amazingly weak candidate.
Senile—and appears to be getting worse.
Total family corruption—with decades of coverups.
Pathological liar (see this clip from the 1988 campaign):
Groper Joe has a problem with women, including girls.
No principles at all—has policy changes over the years all over the place—including his past vicious attacks on blacks.
This is red meat for a ferocious campaigner like Donald Trump, particularly since low information voters don’t know _any_ of this stuff (thanks to mass media “hiding the ball”) and will learn about it for the first time during the campaign.
I am very optimistic about this election—Biden is the weakest possible candidate the Dems could have chosen.
do these NYT writers have amnesia?
Obama, bought and paid for by Wall St and Big Tech, among others.
I am very optimistic about this electionBiden is the weakest possible candidate the Dems could have chosen.
How do you feel about the House and Senate?
This is a planted #fake news article that is positioning Biden to be more establishment than Obama and not progressive enough for the left. Both pieces will coalesce around Biden because they hate Trump. Keep your heads down and keep registering Trump voters.
White privileged rayciss that Joe Biden.
There's at least the ninth "incidences" among Joe Bidens close family, and followed incidents involving his brother Frank, his son Hunter and his daughter Ashley. The cases - ranging from felony theft to drug possession - were all either thrown out, or resulted in light sentences with no jail time, according to a Post review of public records and published reports.
<><> The trouble for Ashley Biden, 39, started with a pot bust when she was a student at Tulane University in 1999. New Orleans police confirmed the possession arrest of the daughter of the then-Delaware senator, but no conviction was recorded in court records.
<><>Ten years later, during her fathers vice-presidency, video circulated showing a woman resembling Ashley snorting what appeared to be cocaine at a party. Joe Biden refused to comment on the reports, and there were no legal consequences.
<><> A second misdemeanor arrest for the Biden daughter was reported in 2002 after she allegedly attempted to obstruct a police officer - making intimidating statements - after a bottle-throwing brawl outside a Chicago bar. The charges were dropped.
Joe Biden used his political connections to sell his son to the highest bidders.....the entire greedy Biden family followed suit.
Dam Breaks: Establishment Media Zone in on Biden Familys Culture of Corruption....
BreitBart ^ | 1/29/2020 | HARIS ALIC / FR Posted on 1/29/2020, 1:32:01 PM by caww
Politico published in-depth exposé on financial ties between the former VP'S younger brother, James, and a high-powered D.C. lobbyist.
<><> James Biden and his wife purchased an acre of land in the Virgin Islands for $150,000 in May 2005. A year later, James resold 1/3rd of that acre to Scott Green, a 'national security lobbyist who formerly served a Senate staffer for Joe Biden. Green paid $150,000 for the land, even though tax assessed value was only $38,000. In effect, m/m Biden got their money back while keeping most of the landrecouping their investment in just 12 months.
Any money that Green may have lost through the deal was offset when Joe Biden became vice president.
<><> In 2010 Green and members of the lobbying firm he founded, "the Lafayette Group," were frequent visitors at the Obama-Biden White House.
<><> Greens ties to the Biden clan seemed to be especially beneficial. On April 11, 2010, the Lafayette Group was awarded two taxpayer-funded contracts from FEMA worth a total of $5.8 million.ed.
Other members of the Biden family did just as well.
<><> Bidens brother, Frank, benefited from $54 million in taxpayer-backed loans to Caribbean nations heavily involved in real estate and solar power projects he was pursuing in the region. ...even though he lacked a background in solar energy or international real estate development.
<><> Similarly, Biden's sister, Valerie, received millions in fees during the 2008 election. Valerie, was campaign manager for her brothers failed presidential campaign that year; she paid her own consulting firm, Joe Slade White & Company, $2.5 million for its services. (More Biden finagling in article.......at breitbart.com)
Wouldnt it be great if Bidens blatant and chronic corruption was an issue in this presidential campaign?
Would be nice....nevah happen.
“Biden is the weakest possible candidate the Dems could have chosen.”
it continues to astonish me that the Dems managed to pick a WORSE candidate to run in 2020 than 2016’s Hillary Clinton ... i never thought that was possible ... but then again Donald Trump so gutted the Democrat party when he destroyed the Clinton cabal, which was the true Dem power structure, that the Dem party was left a smoking ruin without rudder,engine, or sail ... the power vacuum was subsequently filled by leftist morons like AOC because there were no adults remaining to be in charge ...
The snake is starting to eat itself. The Democrat Party was a lousy investment for corporate America.
I think the radical Left would actually rather have Trump to rail against for four more years over an insider who will undermine them from within. Nothing motivated and galvanized their movement like foaming at the mouth over him.
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