You would think that White House staffers would be a bit more careful about making money off this administration considering the nature of the investigations into Joe Biden right now.
That, however, is not what is happening.
Case in point, the lobbyist brother of a senior White House aide has raked in more than $8 million since Joe took office in January 2021.
All About Access
Lobbyists are pretty much the scum of the earth in the political world, but they are also very powerful people.
These are the movers and shakers in DC that actually dictate policy, and they do it by being paid big bucks to get access to the right ears and drop tons of cash into campaign funds.
I have always stated… if you want to clean up DC, you start with PACs and lobbyists, and about 80% of the problem goes away.
Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of counselor to the president Steve Ricchetti, made a little over $2 million between the first quarter of 2017 and the third quarter of 2019.
Let’s fast forward to the first quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2023, and he has pulled in a cool $8.3 million, almost four times what he made when Trump was in office.
Now, if you don’t think that boost has something to do with White House access, well, I would love to sell you some gold-rich land in the woods behind my apartment.
And just who does Ricchetti lobby for? Some of the largest US auto manufacturers, medical and pharmaceutical companies, and Amazon.
Walter Shaub, the Obama-era director of the US Office of Government Ethics, has called Biden out numerous times for nepotism in this administration, and this would appear to be yet another case of just that.
Schaub, on this administration, stated, “I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted.
“A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises. This is a real ‘f— you’ to us — and government ethics.”
It’s an insiders club, and until something is done about it, we are all going to be caught on the outside looking in while the DC insiders continue to put stacks of cash into their bank accounts on a regular basis.