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Biden taps lobbyists despite pledge to reject them: data

SHADY DONORS:Joe Biden has accepted US$200,000 from lobbyists, some of whom had been convicted for tax evasion, corruption and fraud, campaign data showed

AP, WASHINGTON

Many of Biden’s Democratic rivals have made similar pledges that also include subtle caveats and omissions.

Still, he collected about US$30,000 more from employees of top lobbying firms than US Senator Kamala Harris and about US$100,000 more than South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both of who made similar pledges, but have been in the race longer than him. Every other White House hopeful received far less.

Several recent fundraisers held for Biden highlight his ties to prominent figures in the influence business, many of whom have been active in Washington for decades.

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