The brother of the Biden consultant stood up for the National Security Council on behalf of GM

Jeff Ricchetti, brother of the White House Advisor Steve RicchettiSteve RicchettiBiden and Big Business: It’s Complicated LIVE COVERAGE: Biden tries to unite the divided house Biden gets more aggressive with a balanced agenda MORE, lobbyed the National Security Council on behalf of General Motors in the second quarter of 2021, according to lobbying documents.

The automaker Ricchetti paid $ 60,000 to the lobby of the National Security Council on “Issues relating to China”. Ricchetti also reported on the lobbying of the congress on topics related to electric vehicles, semiconductors and climate policy.

“Jeff Ricchetti and other lobbyists who have signed up on our behalf are helping GM advocate policies that support our customers, dealers and employees, strengthen our manufacturing presence in the United States, and our vision of a world without crashes, zero “Move forward – emissions and zero congestion”, a GM spokeswoman told CNBC, which reported for the first time on details of the lobbying work.

Ricchetti has said that he has no control over his brother who serves as one of President BidenJoe BidenHouse Votes To Hike The Debt Limit For The Money – House To Kill December Overnight Health Care – Presented By The National Council for Mental Wellbeing – Progressive: Expanding Medicare Benefits “Non-Negotiable” MOREclosest advisor. Ricchetti previously noted that he did not lobby the White House in the second quarter after doing so earlier this year; However, the National Security Council is part of the President’s office and is headed by Biden.

GM had previously urged the Trump administration to remove tariffs on one of its China-made vehicles, but a GM spokesman reportedly said Ricchetti had not spoken to Biden officials about tariffs. GM and other automakers have also urged Washington to allocate funding for electric vehicles and charging stations, and prioritize US production of semiconductors for cars and trucks.

Lobbyists with close connections to the Biden administration thrive as Biden has an ambitious agenda. Ricchetti had revenues of $ 850,000 in the second quarter of 2021 – up from just $ 200,000 in the same period last year. Christopher Putala, a former senior advisor to Biden during his tenure as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tripled his lobbying income compared to the same period last year.

Virginia C. Taylor

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