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Hunter Biden ’96JD

Barack Obama says he’s here to “tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.” That can’t be good news for Hunter Biden ’96JD. Ever since his father, Senator Joe Biden, was named Obama’s running mate on August 23, the younger Biden’s work as a lobbyist and Washington insider has been under the media microscope.

From 2001 to 2005, for example, while Senator Biden was working to pass a bill making it harder for consumers to declare bankruptcy, Hunter Biden was a consultant for MBNA, a credit-card company that stood to benefit from the bill. Obama aides told the New York Times that Hunter Biden had not done lobbying work for MBNA, but the Times also said the campaign acknowledged that his connection to the firm was “one of the most sensitive issues they examined” while vetting Senator Biden.

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