ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: Hunter Biden, son of Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., has quit working as a federal lobbyist.
"I no longer expect to act as a federal lobbyist," he wrote in a letter to the Clerk of the House and the Senate Office of Public Records, released on Friday.
The campaign of Sen. Biden and Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., had come under fire from Republicans for Hunter Biden’s work with his lobbyist firm Oldaker, Biden, & Belair. Just this week, more questions were raised about his work for a couple that runs an online gambling business.
Obama, who refuses to accept donations from federal lobbyists, released a new ad Friday targeting his rival Sen. John McCain’s lobbyist ties, but Republicans argued that Obama’s claims are undermined by Hunter Biden’s work.
"This is another example of Obama’s words not matching his actions," said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant. "Obama speaks against special interests, but he doesn’t stand up to them, as evidenced by his selection of a Washington insider like Joe Biden. The disconnect between Obama’s rhetoric and record undermines any claims to being an agent of ‘change’ and will hurt him this fall."
Sen. Biden has said in the past that Hunter Biden never lobbied his father’s office or committees.
"The McCain campaign and their henchmen at the RNC have broken their own world record for sleaze and scum, attacking the children of the candidates after spending weeks decrying perceived media slights of their own families. Give me a break," responded Biden spokesman David Wade. "Joe Biden’s been standing up to the big powerful interests in Washington for 35 years while John McCain has voted their agenda again and again."
"Hunter Biden could’ve gone anywhere after college but chose the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the inner city, gave up a big job in corporate America to work in public service for the Clinton Administration, and has represented colleges, universities, and hospitals," Wade said. "I’d put his character up against the attack dogs of the McCain campaign any day and come out a winner."