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President Biden in the Middle of Lobbying, Cash, and Family Ties

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President Joe Biden has found himself in the midst of a sticky situation regarding lobbying, cash, and family ties. The president visited an electric car factory that is operated by General Motors. This comes after the automaker paid almost $160,000 to the brother of a staff member at the White House.

The Washington Free Beacon columnist, Matthew Foldi, reported that lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti has earned $160,000 from General Motors since Biden’s inauguration. Jeff is the brother of Steve Ricchetti who serves as counselor to the president and worked as chief of staff to the vice president from 2013 to 2017.

The money and the lobbying seem to have been effective because, on Wednesday, President Biden will attend the grand opening of the company’s new electric car factory. This is a part of Biden’s move for Congress to approve big tax incentives for zero-emission vehicles. Jeff Ricchetti was paid to make this kind of move a reality, and he has cashed in on his family ties to the Biden administration.

Ricchetti has already accumulated $2.4 million in lobbying fees this year, which is double the $1.2 million he made in 2020. These numbers are according to what was compiled by OpenSecrets.

Experts focused on ethics have criticized the president’s administration for allowing Steve Ricchetti to work on the same issues his brother is being paid to lobby for within the White House administration.

“Factory Zero” was opened by General Motors during the president’s visit. This event happened in the midst of debates within Congress over the $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better Act.” This act of Congress would raise the electric vehicle tax credit from $7,500 to $12,500.

Representative Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, was recently interviewed by The Daily Wire. He is the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Brady noted that “A family making $800,000 per year is eligible for a $12,500 check to buy a luxury electric vehicle with up to a $74,000 price tag… That check they’re getting will be paid for by the maid who comes to clean their house. It’s a stunning giveaway to the wealthy.”

What makes this matter worse is that the Biden administration has acted highly favorably toward automakers with unionized workforces. The Daily Wire reported that President Biden’s recent electric vehicle summit seemed to snub Tesla because it is not unionized. But it was attended by executives from General Motors and Ford.

CEO Elon Musk of Tesla, along with some news outlets, were surprised that the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer was not even invited to Biden’s event. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed to indicate during a press briefing that it was Tesla’s lack of unionization that was the deciding factor behind the administration’s decision to exclude the company.

“Well, we, of course, welcome the efforts of all automakers who recognize the potential of an electric vehicle future and support efforts that will help reach the president’s goal. And certainly, Tesla is one of those companies,” said Psaki.

She went on to say that the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers and the UAW president would be standing with President Biden when he announces his ambitious new target for electric automakers. She said that she would not expect that this would be the last time the administration talks about clean cars and the needed move toward electric vehicles. The administration is looking forward to having a range of partners in this targeted effort.

When Psaki was asked if Tesla was snubbed because it is not unionized, the press secretary said, “I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.”

Well, that’s great. So, the Biden administration is not only going to hand money to people who don’t need it, but he’s also going to snub those not in unions. Well, see if Musk offers to solve global hunger now…