August 28, 2008 | National Review Online
Change (And A Few Dollars) You Can Believe In
From the Washington Post:
Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show. Obama succeeded in getting $192,000 for one of the clients, St. Xavier University in suburban Chicago.Obama’s campaign has taken a hard stance against the world of lobbying in the nation’s capital. Obama said he limits his own efforts to get money for pet projects — a process known as earmarking — to those that benefit the public. He has posted his earmark requests on his presidential campaign Web site to encourage transparency. …Hunter Biden, a 38-year-old Georgetown graduate and Yale-trained lawyer, is a name partner in the firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair, founded by William Oldaker, an election lawyer and lobbyist who worked on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign and has been a fundraiser and campaign adviser for Sen. Biden.An analysis for The Washington Post by Taxpayers for Common Sense of Hunter Biden’s firm’s lobbying business found that its clients collected $2.7 million in earmarks in the last fiscal year.
ME: Not to worry though. It’s not like Biden the Younger was a hyper-connected Democrat lawyer working for a hyper-connected Democrat lobbying firm putting the arm directly on a powerful Democrat senator. After all, according to Obama campaign spokesman David Wade, Biden’s son “only” met with Obama’s staff.