Democrat Joe Biden has stacked his transition team, after the establishment media called the presidential election for him, with at least 40 lobbyists, according to the latest estimate.
In 2008, Biden called lobbyists and special interest groups “corrosive.” Last year, Biden began accepting donations from registered lobbyists at Google, Lockheed Martin, and giant pharmaceutical corporations before his super PAC was established by lobbyists.
Now, acting as president-elect though the election has not been certified, Biden has given waivers to at least five registered lobbyists to join his transition team and another at least 35 former lobbyists have joined, according to the Wall Street Journal:
Five people on the teams are currently registered as lobbyists or were registered within the last year, according to the Journal’s analysis.
In addition, the Journal identified 35 people who had registered as lobbyists prior to this year and who do not need special approval to work on the transition. Those individuals lobbied for a range of companies, unions and advocacy groups—from BP America, Inc. and a company that owns private prisons to the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Federation of Teachers. Some haven’t lobbied for more than a decade, while others lobbied in recent years. [Emphasis added]
Biden’s transition team is shaping up to be a typical Washington, D.C., beltway-style effort with not only lobbyists on board, but Big Tech corporations, and Wall Street — which both served as major donors to his campaign.
Former employees with Visa, KeyBank, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, Amazon, Lyft, Airbnb, Google, Twitter, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have all been appointed to positions on Biden’s transition team.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.