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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  1. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The Obama/Biden ticket has such a high threshold of integrity that it is
    impossible for McCain and Palin to reach. CNN, you seem to lag way behind other media sources in treating McCain's and Palin's putrid lies as falsehoods.

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    More Democratic hypocrisy. Obama blasts McCain for having lobbyists on his campaign, yet his own VP pick's son is a lobbyist. Talk about a conflict of interest.

    September 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Attack dogs? Doesn't Obama have his own? I find it difficult to believe the Bidens never so much as discussed politics? Wasn't Axelrod a lobbyist for Michelles' hospital? Wait, I guess hospitals are ok.

    September 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. roger nc

    we love you Joe Biden and Jill

    September 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. substance over rhetoric - actions over words

    Another example of how the content of the story measures so significantly different than the sensational headline when it comes to the dems and yet the GOP is full of empty phrases and no content. When CNN gets the chance, they need to ask McCain and Palin to define "reform." I am sure Obama and Biden have answers to that question.

    September 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    So much for the REpublicans to let families off the radar.
    hypocrates... besides he resigned; that is a very strong signal to ensure no impropriety.

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Sage

    the difference i think all Americans should be aware of is Joe Biden's son a Harvard graduate just quit his job in honor of his father, this campaign and this country. John McCain doesn't have "ties" to DC LOBBYIST, he relies on them. John McCain is in bed with the fat cat LOBBYIST who have contributed to the fall of our economy, LOBBYIST like Wayne Berman, Eric Bugeson, Frank Donatelli, Charlie Black, Nancy Pfotenhauer and Randy Scheunemann who are running the McCain camp and who are no doubt going to play critical roles in his administration is elected. make no mistake, their clients who range from EXXON to Occidental will be well taken care of at the expense of the rest of us in a McCain/Palin administration...Now that is NOT country first, John McCain can only offer Country Club First...don't be fooled a third time America.
    Obama/Biden is the right way to go

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Spin

    Tell 'em Joe!!! The McCain compound is trying to throw stones when they have boulders sitting in their own houses!!

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Linda from AZ

    The Reps just cannot seem to stop!!! What about all of McCain's lobby people, that lobbied him, still advising or on his payroll!!!!

    Ask us in Arizona what we think of the failure of Silver State Bank and about John, Jr having resigned from the board about 60 days before the failure!! Never heard that in ANY news reports! He went to work for Cindy's company.

    Since CNN has yet to post any of my comments I am sure that this one will be deleted!!

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Cathy B

    What Biden's son did– resigning–looks like change is coming. Biden son made a choice that puts his father in a better position politically. What kind of changes have anyone made that is linked to McCain's group that shows a rebellion against old politics?

    Cathy in Fort Worth, TX

    September 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. voter

    This is transprancy. Obama is aganist lobbiest so the son of his vp pick left his job. This is leadership and change I can believe in.

    September 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Leon, VA

    Alex Conant, why don't you speak on how your party choice Senator McCain speaks about earmarks but he doesn't stand up to them, as avidence with his selection of the earmark champion Sara Palin. The disconnect between McCain's rhetoric and record undermines any claims to being an agent of 'change' and will hurt him this fall.

    Give me a break with all the misleading statements.

    September 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Craig

    Consistency, transpareny

    Thanks

    September 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Sharon, TX

    Amen, David Wade. McCain and his Republican goons have proven themselves to be the most "holier than thou" hypocrites. When will America ever learn...

    September 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. joe from Europe

    Republicans will do everything to win this election,if they does Americans has themselves to blame.Bush approval ratings is lesser than 30%,i ask myself one question,who voted him there?is it me or the Americans themselves.Americans should stop complaining about Bush and his policies and beliefs,.John Mccain has the same idea and wishes to continue with Bush-cheney policy.This is like a film for me as an outsider watching the election,someone that voted 95% bush policies and also have the same ideology as bush is leading in the poll,i cant just believe it.Americans should stop complaining about bush.This is like Hollywood-Whitehouse dream movie,only in America will it happen.Does my thoughts make sense?

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. bk

    Obama forgot to add they are former lobbyist, just like Biden's son is now a former lobbyist.

    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. John

    Biden is a clown, and he got his son a nice cushy job, and obama continues to grab more earmarks

    The so called campaign, the new politician in Obama is no different than any other and he will lose

    McCain/Palin are running a fantastic campaign, and if the media would really go into Obama's past, from his own words in his books, they would shatter this myth

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Matt

    You're the realest person in this election Joe...a human being, and we love you for it.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08: THE BRIDGE TO NO WAR.

    September 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Franky

    Hmmmm, a federal Lobbyist, huh? I gotta tell Senator McCain to get me on of those, LOL!!

    I gotta say, those are some tough words from Biden's spokesman. He'll put up Hunter's character than ALL of the McCain's campaign...that's deep! Considering he was a lobbyist as well! LOL!!!

    That's pretty deep...

    September 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Pat in SC

    What about his comments in December of 2007 when he said he WOULD meet with lobbyist? CNN ... if you can't find the audio call Rush Limbaugh. He played it on his show a few weeks ago.

    BTW, Joe's son and brother are both lobbyist, and both are currently under investigation ... but no reason to to report that. Can't get away from being "pro-BO" can you?

    I didn't think so ...

    September 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. qq

    lets get back on the topic of our countries problems that was created by Mccain/Bush

    September 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    Biden's son is not a part of Obama's team, once again McShame is attacking Obama on the basis of who he knows, well who in Washington don't know a lobbyist? Now on the other hand McShame is latching on to Obama's message of CHANGE now that he realizes the people want a CHANGE for the norm and will not accept what he has been peddling all along. The only problem with that is his team is riddled with LOBBYISTS FROM HIS CAMPAIGN MANGER ON DOWN. HIS GIMMICK PICK GEORGWEENIA (Palin), The new reformer of the team as we've learned IS A GREAT FAN OF EARMARKS SO MUCH SO SHE HIRED LOBBIST TO GET SO MUCH EARMARKS FOR HER STATE, MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE NATION LABELING ALASKA "THE POSTER CHILD OF EARMARKS!"

    OBAMA ON THE OTHER HAND HAS NOT ACCEPTED ANY MONEY OR HELP FROM LOBBISTS!

    NOW YOU TELL ME WHO THE AGENT OF CHANGE!
    >>>> OBAMA & BIDEN<<<<>>>>>>> MCSHAME (McCAIN) & GEORGWEENIA (Palin).<<<<<<<<<

    Why call them these name
    McCain has ran a SHAMFUL CAMPAIGN BASED ON TRICKS AND LIES!

    Palin's interview proves she's a liar and more like George W. Bush even more than McShame!

    September 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Ralph

    I bet he makes more money then Joe does. Joe doesn't give much away though, $995.00 to charity? Obamas' don't give much either. Wasn't that a big no-no for Gore. Democrats are only good at giving away our money? The McCains gave away 26%, what is that 2.6 million?

    September 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Larry-Minn.

    Imagine that...how they can change just to help the campaign. Go figure.............

    September 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. BJGT

    AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD TO BE KEATING-D...YET AGAIN, WHEN WE HAVE ONLY RECENTLY BEEN ENRON-D, HALIBURTON-D, AND NOW FANNY AND FREDDY-D, AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN.

    ENOUGH.

    OBAMA-BIDEN:

    08 BECAUSE INTEGRITY DOES MATTER.

    September 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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