RNC Criticizes Administration for Hiring Ex-Lobbyist

Former lobbyist Steve Ricchetti has joined Vice President Joe Biden’s staff, working as a senior counselor and providing fodder for the opposition.

The Republican National Committee issued research pointing out that in 2008, President Obama pledged to keep lobbyists out of the White House. His campaign criticized the Clinton camp for having five bundlers who were registered lobbyists, including Ricchetti.

Politico reports that the White House has responded that Ricchetti has not worked as a lobbyist within the past two years.

Ricchetti was a registered lobbyist from 2004 to 2008 with Ricchetti Inc. He previously was a lobbyist with Public Strategies Washington, from 2004 to 2006. He was White House deputy chief of staff during the Clinton administration.

Here are clients he represented as a lobbyist with his own firm (from registrations in the third quarter of 2008, the last filed):

Client Amount
Intellectual Ventures $80,000
American Hospital Assn $60,000
Association For Advanced Life Underwriting $60,000
Association of American Railroads $60,000
AT&T Services, Inc. and Its Affiliates $60,000
Eli Lilly and Company $50,000
General Motors Company $50,000
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc. $50,000
Siemens Corporation $50,000
Fannie Mae $40,000
Sirius XM Radio Inc. $30,000
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers $10,000
Phorm, Inc. $10,000
Reed Elsevier Inc. $10,000
The Computing Technology Industry Association, Inc. $10,000

Ricchetti Inc. continues as an active lobby shop. Jeffrey Ricchetti, Steve Ricchetti’s younger brother, is registered as a lobbyist with the firm, as is Jay Heimbach, former special assistant to President Obama.

Company clients in the fourth quarter of 2011 included:

  • American Council of Life Insurers
  • American Hospital Association
  • Association For Advanced Life Underwriting
  • AT&T Services, Inc. and Its Affiliates
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Health Management Associates, Inc.
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • National Industrial Sand Association
  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc.

The firm registered a major client – United Technologies Corporation – in February.

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