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Joe Biden's Failed Attempt to Dislodge Bratty Son from Lobbying Biz

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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K STREET HOLE Joe, Hunter Vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and his lobbyist son got nailed yesterday for being rich and insider-y and basically exactly like every other well-connected political clan you've ever heard about. "Biden's Son a Well-Paid D.C. Insider" advises the headline of a story detailing how Hunter Biden has personally billed clients $3.8 million for his lobbying services, and how the firm he co-founded with one of his dad's buddies excels in a particularly scummy niche of the lobbying trade that involves coercing a small group of congressmen and staffers to slip earmarks into monstrous spending bills.

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That article makes no mention of the jobs and large consulting fees Hunter earned from his dad's biggest contributor (but this one does!) or Sen. Biden's staggeringly unsuccessful effort to avoid exactly these kinds of stories by getting his son out of the lobbying business altogether. Many of the alleged details on that can be found in a lawsuit filed last year against Hunter and his uncle James Biden, Joe's brother.

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