September 13th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden son no longer a federal lobbyist

Joe Biden’s son Hunter has stopped lobbying the federal government on behalf of his firm’s clients.
Joe Biden’s son Hunter has stopped lobbying the federal government on behalf of his firm’s clients.

(CNN) – Hunter Biden – the second son of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden – has informed congressional officials that he is resigning his job as a federal lobbyist.

In a letter dated August 25, two days after Biden’s father was announced as Barack Obama’s running mate in Springfield, Illinois, Biden writes that as of that date, “I no longer expect to act as a federal lobbyist.”

The letter also lists the nine clients that Biden lobbied for, including six universities. The other three are two pharmaceutical companies and a law firm that represents an internet gambling company.

Obama refuses donations from lobbyists and has repeatedly slammed Republican nominee John McCain for hiring former corporate lobbyists into senior campaign positions. The Democrat’s campaign launched a new multimedia offensive Saturday highlighting what they called “John McCain’s ties to DC Lobbyists.”

The senior Biden has insisted that his son has never lobbied him, and has claimed that he is the only senator who doesn’t meet with lobbyists.

UPDATED with GOP, Biden camp reaction after the jump

RNC spokesman Alex Conant called Hunter Biden's letter "another example of Obama's words not matching his actions."

"Obama speaks against special interest, but he doesn't stand up to them, as evidenced by his selection of a Washington insider like Joe Biden," said Conant. "The disconnect between Obama's rhetoric and record undermines any claims to being an agent of 'change' and will hurt him this fall."

Biden spokesman David Wade fired back at the RNC, saying “The McCain campaign and their henchmen at the RNC have broken their own world record for sleaze and scum, attacking the children of the candidates after spending weeks decrying perceived media slights of their own families.

"Joe Biden’s been standing up to the big powerful interests in Washington for thirty five years while John McCain has voted their agenda again and again," continued Wade. "Hunter Biden could’ve gone anywhere after college but chose the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the inner city, gave up a big job in corporate America to work in public service for the Clinton Administration, and has represented colleges, universities, and hospitals. I’d put his character up against the attack dogs of the McCain campaign any day and come out a winner.”


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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Someone for Palin

    LOL

    September 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. cecil

    I Don't Want A BOLD FACE Liar For A President!

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Barbara

    He should NEVER have been a lobbyist. Oh well, just like Palin realized her mistakes and quit asking for earmarks, I guess Biden realized lobbying is no good.

    Senator McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.

    Obama/Biden '08 – education, integrity, honesty

    September 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Gerry in Virginia

    Thank you Hunter Biden.... Your father is a greatly respected politician. I'm sure you will follow in his footsteps someday..

    September 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. ET

    All lobbyist should be banned, that is what made 99% of the politician crooked.All they think about is how much they can get out of the lobbyist to fill their pockets, not what the public that put them in office needs.

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Patty

    That's right, he doesn't accept money from lobbyists, he gives them money to go to school so they can become lobbyists. Methinks it strange that he would want to contribute in any way to that evil occupation.

    September 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. D&D

    What a great exemple for Republican!

    September 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. hurriCAIN PALIN

    daddy biden probably made him quit so son biden doesnt make the

    nobama camp look bad with lobbyists

    September 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. hurriCAIN PALIN

    daddy biden probably made son biden quit so he doesnt make the

    nobama camp look bad with lobbyists

    September 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Foreign observer

    The lobbying system is a sickness of Washington. It should simply become erased. The voters influence should matter not the lobbyists money behind closed doors.

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. ET

    Joe Biden said that he and his wife earned a relatively small amount –a mear 320,000, I wish I made that much and so does a hell of lot of other people. He is paid by us tax payers to work as a senator, so how in the world is it legal for him to also work at a university at the same time–or maybe more at the university/

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Funny how it is okay to go after Biden's son but Palin's daughter whose (fiance) child's father is a self professed red-neck and high school drop out are off limits. Are these family values the christian right want to encourage? Not to mention the underage drinking. Pictures are worth a million denials. The son's documented and well known drug habitsin AK.
    Let's see we have one son who graduated from Yale took a lesser paying job to stay close to home and gets dogged by the media then we have the republican VP who has straight factual documented family issues and those are off limits. WHY????

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    As soon as Obama loses in November, he can become a lobbyist again. What really seems to eptiomize the Obama campaign is opportunism. An opportunist candidate is not the real deal.

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. politicjock

    In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it's clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Sabrina

    So have I got this right-Obama slams McCain for hiring former lobbyist and he picks his V.P. who has a son who is a lobbyist? Boy, does he talk out of both sides of his mouth, I guess its what Obama thinks is HOPE and CHANGE---NOT. NO Hillary No Obama

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Third Eye

    Sen Biden is a real man. I used to watch both Biden and McCain on TV a lot. Now my eyes hurt when I see McCain. How can he change so much in a year? It's frightening.

    September 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Rob

    So Biden's Son gives up a lucrative carrer in order to make it clear that his Father is untainted. And Dad, Joe Biden is less wealthy than any other member of Congress. To me the conclusion is clear. Biden is the most honest man in Washington DC and unlike McBush. Is truly in a position tp bring change.

    September 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Vince

    Why is'nt CNN covering the bomshell that Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said today the country can't afford $3.3 trillion of tax cuts proposed by Republican presidential nominee John McCain without corresponding spending reductions.

    Come on CNN, just because the McCain campaign put the media n his cross hairs, doesn't mean you need oblige by being so soft on reporting the news as it develops. Please.

    September 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. April in Texas

    See real leaders by example, I applaud Hunter Biden and the family.. Unlike McCain who has at least 7 lobbyists on his staff and even Palin hired a lobbyist. So who is the true leaders here? Obama/Biden of course as its obvious....

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Debbie, Texas

    OK, CNN, if you want to talk about the candidates children. Lets talk about Palin's children. The druggies and the pregnant teen. Let us discuss that. I would like for you to have the guts to print this response.

    September 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Tony

    WAY TO GO HUNTER!

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. sario

    Have a look at the Newsweek poll: Questions 22-26.

    OVER 50% of the people polled in that poll DO NOT know that:
    1. Palin said 'thanks but no thanks' to the Bridge to nowhere only AFTER it was clear Congress would NOT fund it.
    2. Palin is against abortion in the cases of RAPE and INCEST (only supports it IF the mother's live is in danger).
    3. Palin has serious DOUBTS about the role of human activities in causing global warming.

    It is really telling how uninformed the people that are polled are.

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. troyo

    Sleazy McCain often speaks a lot against lobbyists but has employed dozens of them. A former Fannie Mae lobbyist works for his campaign right now.

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. JohnJon

    "Hunter Biden could’ve gone anywhere after college but chose the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the inner city, gave up a big job in corporate America to work in public service for the Clinton Administration, and has represented colleges, universities, and hospitals. I’d put his character up against the attack dogs of the McCain campaign any day and come out a winner.” You can say that one again. McCain and his supporter have not one ounce of decency or honor when it comes to character. At least Obama and Biden can actually say they have more integrity and morals when it comes to actually helping americans than what the McCain ticket could ever claim.Sleaze and lies is all these people can claim. And then 48 to 49% of Americans still support them. Like my grandfather use to say, there is no accounting for some peoples lack of intelligence.

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Jeffer65

    I think Hunter Biden did the right thing and showed some integrity. At least he wasn't lobbying for oil companies.

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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