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Biden Visited Electric Car Factory after Firm Paid White House-Linked Lobbyist $160K

General Motors-owned company paid $160,000 to brother of White House staffer

 on 18th November 2021 @ 8.00pm
joe biden visited the factory after a white house linked lobbyist was paid  160 000 © press
Joe Biden visited the factory after a White House-linked lobbyist was paid $160,000

Democrat Joe Biden paid a highly-publicized visit to a General Motors-owned electric car factory shortly after the company paid a White House-linked lobbyist almost $160,000, according to a bombshell new report.

The lobbyist is Jeff Ricchetti — the brother of Steve Ricchetti, who serves as counselor to Biden and worked as chief of staff to the then-vice president from 2013 to 2017.

Since Biden’s inauguration, Jeff Ricchetti has earned $160,000 from General Motors - a company that has received an unusual level of attention from the White House.

The payments were unearthed in an investigation by Matthew Foldi of The Washington Free Beacon.

"The investment appears to have paid off — on Wednesday, Biden will attend the grand opening of the company’s new electric vehicle factory as part of his push for Congress to 'approve big tax incentives for zero-emission vehicles,' precisely what Ricchetti was paid to push for…" the report explains.

"Ricchetti has cashed in on his family ties to the administration. Ricchetti has already brought in $2.4 million in lobbying fees this year, double his 2020 haul of $1.2 million, according to numbers compiled by OpenSecrets."

joe biden made a highly publicized visit to a general motors owned electric car factory © press
Joe Biden made a highly-publicized visit to a General Motors-owned electric car factory

"Ethics experts have criticized the Biden administration for allowing Steve Ricchetti to work on issues his brother is being paid to lobby the administration on," the report notes.

General Motors opened its “Factory Zero” during the visit by Hunter Biden's father.

The event occurred amid debates in Congress over the $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better Act,” which would hike the electric vehicle tax credit from $7,500 to $12,500.

The Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) slammed Biden's plan for electric cars.

"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," he explained.

"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.”

More broadly, the Biden administration has acted highly favorably toward automakers with unionized workforces.

Biden’s recent electric vehicle summit — attended by executives from General Motors and Ford — appeared to snub Tesla because it is not unionized.

News outlets — and CEO Elon Musk himself — were apparently surprised that the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer was not invited to the event.

However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki implied during a press briefing that Tesla’s lack of unionization was the factor behind the administration’s choice to exclude the firm.

tesla founder elon musk accused joe biden of snubbing his company © press
Tesla founder Elon Musk accused Joe Biden of snubbing his 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,” said Psaki.

"And certainly, Tesla is one of those companies.

"Today, it’s the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers, and the UAW president who will stand with President Biden as he announces his ambitious new target, but I would not expect this is the last time we talk about clean cars, the move toward electric vehicles, and we look forward to having a range of partners in that effort.”

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

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