Biden Busted! Former VP pledged to avoid lobbyists in 2020, but definitely hasn’t

The democratic party is disheveled, to say the least, as a radical, youth-heavy wing of the party looks to upheave the standard-bearers of the party for 2020.

As the antithesis to the conservative ideology, democrats have long targeted the youth vote.  These college-aged voters are still growing accustomed to being outside of their parents’ homes, and are far more susceptible to the idea of an authority figure taking care of them in every and any way possible.  This could explain the sudden uptick in the popularity of certain facets of socialism among millennial voters – a reality only exacerbated by the left’s desperate need for political support.

These young voters simply despise the “old guard”, and the trappings of the DC power structure.  Of particular note is their disdain for lobbyists and special interest groups, prompting a great many of the 2020 democratic candidates to pledge abstinence from such fundraising avenues.

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But hypocrisy runs deep in the democratic party, as evidenced by revelations from within the Joe Biden 2020 campaign.

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Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists.

“I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted.

Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

It’s difficult to quantify how much Biden has raised from the multibillion-dollar influence industry, but the roughly $200,000 he accepted from employees of major lobbying firms is far more than any of his rivals has received, according to a review of campaign finance data by The Associated Press.

It gets worse:

Biden’s pledge applies only to federally registered lobbyists, and most of the money tracked by the AP was from others in the influence industry. But thousands of dollars did come from federally registered lobbyists, and Biden’s campaign said it is returning such donations.

His campaign accepted roughly $6,000 in contributions from at least six federally registered lobbyists, including representatives of Google, aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin, and pharmaceutical companies, records show. An additional $5,750 was donated by two lobbyists who had been registered shortly before making contributions to Biden’s campaign, records show.

In at least two instances, donations came from lobbyists with criminal records who have served time in federal prison.

Biden’s newly reiterated reputation could certainly cause him havoc in the coming weeks, as other 2020 heavyweights such as Bernie Sanders and Liz Warren have seemingly kept their promises to remain out of the lobbyist fundraising game.

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