Lobbyists Flocking to Biden

At least 40 people working for President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team are or were registered lobbyists, according to a new report.

The report, published by the Wall Street Journal, was done by searching the congressional lobbying databases for the over 500 appointees to the Biden transition team.

In late September, as a Biden transition team was beginning to come together, the Democrat opted to allow lobbyists to join the transition effort, but only in circumstances where the group’s general counsel Jessica Hertz signed off.

The decision was slammed by progressive advocacy groups, but Team Biden held firm, arguing that some of the experts being excluded because of their lobbying experience were experts on issues related to the pandemic response.

“We have granted a handful of authorizations, including for individuals with expertise in pandemic response who recently advocated on behalf of their public interest, nonprofit employers,” a transition official said in a statement at the time.

Still, of the over 40 lobbyists joining the team, five are currently registered as lobbyists or were registered within the last year, the Journal found.

The five are Andrea Delgado, currently registered as a lobbyist for the United Farm Workers Foundation; Celeste Drake, currently registered as a lobbyist for the Directors Guild of America; Joss Nassar, currently registered as a lobbyist for the United Auto Workers; LaQuita Honeysucker, who was registered as a lobbyist for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union until earlier this year; and Scott Frey, who was registered as a lobbyist for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees until earlier this year.

None of the five responded to the Journal’s requests for comment.

A Biden transition official told the outlet that all five were approved and each was given a written waiver approving their work.

While the transition’s ethics rules were being formed, Biden’s team was divided on the issue of lobbyists joining the team, according to Axios.

Biden, the outlet reported, tried to find a compromise by not imposing a blanket ban.

The move would allow his administration to call on individuals with years of expertise on critical issues who would otherwise have been shot down by progressives.

A Biden official also told the Journal, “Agency review team members are well-respected in their fields and for their extensive experience in the federal agencies they review.”

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6 Thoughts to “Lobbyists Flocking to Biden”

  1. Vance

    Don’t know why Biden is even beginning transition team – Electoral College doesn’t meet to cast electors until 12-14-2020. If then at that time Biden gets the majority over 270 then he will be the President Elect and not until that happens

  2. Cat

    Everything that has been right is now wrong and everything wrong is now right. Everything good is now evil and everything evil is now good. All our laws mean nothing. Everything we have lived under is now all wrong. We are now considered obstructionists and filled with hate. Congress is turning to communism. Many members of Congress hate America and have broken their oath of office to protect and stick up for America. We are living in the twilight zone. Protesters are damaging any property in their path and killing people that are only defending their homes and their rights and are called peaceful protesters. We all sit back and take it. Take it and lose all of our rights. Joe Biden is a criminal and should have been arrested long ago, instead he is headed for President of the greatest nation ever. We helped that happen because we sat back and did nothing about it while the Democrats did do something-a lot of somethings to ensure we all lose our rights while we have to wait for Joe to give the word tp President Xi of China to start the invasion of America by the Chinese at our Pacific shores and Governor Newsom welcomes them in. Some Republicans are now demanding Joe Biden be given National Security secrets to transition him in and Joe is a National Security risk as it is. If he is given the information right now, he will sell it to China in a heartbeat. And this Transition thing? Last I knew that word was an LGBTQ word for people to transition from male to female or female to male. Maybe he now wants to be female. What a joke he is. What a sick demented animal he is and most of the Democrats, too. I hope all of you are going to be happy in your new lives of slavery. You asked for it.

  3. Rae

    Easy to figure out why! They know he’s got a price tag and can be bought!

  4. Micala

    Biden and his Democrat fledglings are DREAMERS. Why is he spending money and efforts on these areas when by January, when the Election Investigations are complete, and a total “RECOUNT” of ballots shows the real winner of this election is Presidrnt Trump? Duh. DREAM ON DREAMERS!

    Joe and his emotionally immature followers are acting like kids who discovered all their hidden Christmss Presents and begin to play with them before Mom and Dad get home. OOOPS! Here comes Mom and Dad and ALL the Christmas presents disappear FOREVER leaving a big black chunk of COAL instead. Tsk tsk tsk.

    Do NOT count your chickens BEFORE they hatch Biden. YOU ARE GOING TO EMBARASS YOUR FLOCK OF DESPERATE DEMS WHEN DONALD TRUMP IS “PROVEN” THE AUTHENTICATED WINNER OF OUR PRESIDENCY IN JANUARY OR BEFORE — NOT YOU BIDDYBOY! FOR SHAME BIDEN, FOR SHAME.

  5. Micala

    If you or anyone in your family knows of any illegal acts at the Election Polls, in handling ballots, destroying ballots, counting illegal ballots of dead people, criminals, or people in INCOHERENT states in Convalescence Homes or re-programming (hacking) the Dominion Voting Machines to automatically switch votes for Trump to Biden, DO YOUR DUTY TO OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY — EXPOSE THOSE INDIVIDUALS BY INFORMING ON THEM TO OFFICIALS…NOW! NOT LATER, BUT NOW!

    When there are people in our nation that feel they can do illegal acts to swing our legal votes to an illegal person, We, as a people, have a DUTY TO TURN THEM IN, WITH NO REGRETS, BUT PRIDE IN OUR HEARTS BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE “THE RIGHT THING”! Those committing these acts no longer care about our Laws or about YOU NOR ME. They want what they want and will do anything to make it happen. THAT IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY FOLKS!

    USE YOUR “RIGHT TO INFORM” AND TELL THE AUTHORITIES ABOUT “ANY” STRANGE BEHAVIORS, LARGE OR SMALL around your Boting areas! Because if we Americans do not do something to stop this stealing of our election, WE — YOU AND I AND OUR LOVED ONES — WILL PAY THE PRICE OF A FEDERAL GOVT INCAPABLE OF RUNNING OUR NATION, LEAVING US OPEN TO OUR ENEMIES DOMINATING OUR LANDS. Wake Up Americans — we have been manipulated to believe Biddybiden has won this election. HE HAS NOT. THE DEMS HAVE STOLEN THIS ELECTION AND AMERICANS WILL BE THE ONES WHO WILL PAY FOR THEIR ILLEGAL ACTS.

    THIS Election will CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE WORST IF BIDEN IS CONFIRMED AS THE WINNER AND “YOU” HAVE LET IT ALL HAPPEN WHEN YOU COULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING TO STOP IT.

    SHAME ON YOU IF YOU LET THAT HAPPEN!

  6. Cathy Gorst

    Gotta repay those bribes somehow.

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