Joe Biden's New Super PAC Chair is Registered Foreign Agent, Report Shows
Justice Department records show PAC head is agent of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic
The head of former Vice President Joe Biden's new super PAC is registered as a foreign government agent, according to a bombshell new report.
Justice Department records obtained by The Federalist reveal that the chair of the new political action committee (PAC), supporting Biden's 2020 presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent for Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic.
Chair Larry Rasky, a lobbyist who previously worked as a top campaign operative for Biden, is listed as the treasurer for the PAC - called Unite the Country.
The committee was expected to flood millions of dollars into the Democratic presidential campaign.
Records show, however, that Rasky was hired by the Azerbaijan government as recently as April this year.
Federal Election Commission filings show Rasky has a long employment history with Biden, earning thousands of dollars a month for his services.
Larry Rasky, a lobbyist who previously worked as a top campaign operative for Biden, is listed as the treasurer of the PAC, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
“A former Joe Biden aide has filed paperwork to form a super PAC, called Unite the Country, that is set to boost the former vice president with millions of dollars in spending in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary,” Politico reported on Tuesday.
According to the report by The Federalist’s Sean Davis, records filed with the Department of Justice show that Rasky is also a registered foreign agent lobbying on behalf of the government of Azerbaijan.
The records, which were filed pursuant to the Foreign Agent Registration Act, show that Rasky was hired by the Azerbaijani government on April 23, 2019.
Federal documents signed by Rasky show that he reports directly to Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States.
Azerbaijan is not the only foreign entity that Rasky has recently represented.
He and his firm also lobbied on behalf of a Bangladeshi political party through January of 2019.
Rasky reportedly earns $15,000 per month for his services, Davis notes.
According to Breitbart, super PACs are independent political action committees that Democrats have criticized because they allow unlimited donations, though their contact with campaigns is restricted.
Biden was forced to accept super PAC spending last week because of fundraising woes as he struggles to keep up with his rivals.
Politico reported that the super PAC came at a crucial time for Biden, giving his campaign “more certainty that it will have the resources to move forward.”
The Politico article identified Rasky as “a longtime Biden friend who worked on Biden’s 1988 and 2008 presidential bids.”
It did not delve into Rasky’s service as an agent for the Azerbaijani government.
Biden broke an earlier pledge not to use a super PAC.
After doing so, he encountered harsh criticism from fellow Democrats and the media.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) emailed supporters, noting that “Joe Biden went back on his no super PACs pledge and decided to encourage billionaires to form a super PAC to bankroll his campaign.”
CNN’s John King noted that Biden had lied about not changing his position on super PAC money.
The revelation that Biden’s super PAC is run by a foreign agent also bolsters concerns raised by Republicans about the former vice president allegedly using his office to sell influence, as his son Hunter enjoyed lucrative business ties in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere, seemingly without any other notably business qualifications or experience.