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

Biden son no longer a federal lobbyist

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Truth for America

    Mccain is grilled everywhere i.e youtube, the view, cnn, msnbc still he has better ratting than obama.

    will anybody tell me who these rating companies work for.

    in 2000 fox BROKE the news of bush win.

    still media is giving the impression of mccains higher rating.

    should american be ready for another dumb president for four more years

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. CNN post my comments already

    What happened to families being off limit, Republicans? What hypocrisy.

    September 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. joebloe

    For a campaign that prides itself on hating lobbyists and earmarks, it strikes me as odd that John Mc"Bush"Cain has 7 top former lobbyists running his campaign. And we all know about Mrs "Queen of Pork" Palin and how much she has gotten for the state of Alaska. Alaska gets more per person than EVERY OTHER STATE!

    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Carol

    I am pleased to see that Joe Biden's son is no longer working as a federal lobbyist, we need everything to be above board here.
    We need some sense of honesty in this campaign, so far the Republican's have run a disgraceful, shameful much for "straight talk, yes straight talk looking out over the "flock" and blatantly lying in their adoring eyes.
    We need to see the back of this pair of bare faced liars and get some real sense of pride again by electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Eileen

    What took him so long to resigned? It seems like a conflict of interest to have your father a senator and on the finace committee.

    September 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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