Saturday, September 13, 2008
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s son Hunter has stopped working as a federal lobbyist, employment that had made him a Republican target in the presidential contest.
"I no longer expect to act as a federal lobbyist," Hunter Biden said in a letter to the clerk of the House and the Senate Office of Public Records. The letter is dated Aug. 25 and was made public yesterday.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama, who chose Biden as his running mate last month, has been a vocal critic of rival John McCain's ties to lobbyists. In a new television ad, Obama repeats criticisms of McCain for having current and former lobbyists on his campaign staff.
Obama has refused to accept contributions from federal lobbyists, though some have advised his campaign.
Hunter Biden and his lobbying firm, Oldaker, Biden & Belair, have represented colleges and hospitals, mainly in an effort to secure money for them in appropriation bills. His letter ending his lobbying work was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.