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The Obama administration has hired former lobbyist Steve Ricchetti to serve as counselor to Vice President Joe Biden, Politico’s Mike Allen reports.

Ricchetti, who served as deputy chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, was a registered federal lobbyist for nearly a decade. In 2001, he founded Ricchetti, Inc.,described as “one of the most successful and respected boutique government relations firms in Washington.”

Ricchetti’s firm made millions lobbying on behalf of clients such as Fannie Mae and General Motors, both of which have been on the receiving end of taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Biden’s office, in a release announcing the hire, applauded Ricchetti’s extensive experience in “public service, business and political life,” which included “10 years at the helm of an independent public affairs firm.”

Given the critical stance taken by the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008—against lobbyists in general, and Ricchetti in particular—the hiring has raised eyebrows.

“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over,” Obama said on Nov. 10, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. “They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

Obama also promised voters “lobbyists won’t find a job in my White House,” a claim the nonpartisan watchdog website Politifact.com has rated a “promise broken.”

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  1. grayscape

    March 6th, 2012

    I wonder if the new babysitter knows that Joey has figured out how to undo his diaper?

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  2. Bloodless Coup

    March 6th, 2012

    Corrupt Georgia Superior Court Dismisses Legal Appeal Of Obama Eligibility Ruling


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  3. ed

    March 6th, 2012

    Wasn’t the media all over Newt for making money consulting with Fannie? Oh, the outrage….crickets.

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  4. Spon

    March 6th, 2012

    Isn’t is amazing? Obama pratically called
    Hillary a fat assed slut in 2008, now she’s
    his Secy. of State. Now Richetti comes onboard
    as Biden’s consiglieri? Dems are like honey
    badgers, they don’t give a shit, have zero
    principles and only care about the title, position
    and the pay. Everything else is water under the

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  5. Bill of Rights

    March 6th, 2012

    Biden doesn’t need a babysitter, he needs a mussel and a leash!

    Wait no! Let him run wild, he is much more entertaining when you cut him loose :)

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  6. Menderman

    March 6th, 2012

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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