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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Media Obsessed with Sarah Palin's Daughter Should Ask About Joe Biden's Son

Why did Barack Obama try to shift $3.4 million in taxpayer funds to lobbyist R. Hunter Biden's clients?

With no less than three stories above the fold on Tuesday's front page of the New York Times questioning McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (see front page here) and dragging Palin's family through the mud we might rightfully ask when the NY Times and the Bristol Palin obsessed media will question Senator Biden and Senator Obama on the earmarks Senator Obama inserted into federal legislation benefiting the clients of Biden's son: lobbyist R. Hunter Biden?

The following news story is the odd exception in a media that seems silent on the character and questionable associations of Barack Obama:

Obama, Biden's Son Linked by Earmarks
Candidate Got Funding for Nursing Program
By James V. Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 27, 2008; A16

Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show. Obama succeeded in getting $192,000 for one of the clients, St. Xavier University in suburban Chicago.

Obama's campaign has taken a hard stance against the world of lobbying in the nation's capital. Obama said he limits his own efforts to get money for pet projects -- a process known as earmarking -- to those that benefit the public. He has posted his earmark requests on his presidential campaign Web site to encourage transparency.

Since Obama announced his selection of Biden on Saturday, attention has focused on Biden's lobbying connections as well as his son's lobbying activities. R. Hunter Biden is one of many relatives of members of Congress who work as lobbyists.

The younger Biden started his career as a lobbyist in 2001 and has registered to represent about 21 clients that have brought in $3.5 million to his Washington firm, according to lobbying disclosure forms.

Sen. Biden has collected more than $6.9 million in campaign contributions from lobbyists and lawyers since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The story above appeared on page A16 of the Washington Post. But today's Wash. Post front page carried two stories on Sarah Palin and the news of her 17 year old daughter's pregnancy on the front page above the fold.

And while we are on the subject of Democrat family corruption, let's not forget that Biden's son is no isolated example. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's sons have been enriching themselves as lobbyists and land dealers for years. But don't expect to read about that on the front page or hear about it on the nightly news.

Meanwhile, Dems have released Palin's Social Security Number and Home Phone Number to the news media. And they say President Bush is a threat to civil liberties?

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