Business booming for lobbyist brother of top Biden aide Ricchetti

A lobbying firm run by the brother of a top adviser to President Biden saw its fees skyrocket in the first half of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Ricchetti, Inc. a Washington-based shop overseen by Jeff Ricchetti — the brother of Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti — collected $1.67 million in lobbying fees between January and June of this year, the Journal reported, citing disclosure forms.

By contrast, the firm took in just $370,000 in the first six months of 2020.

The firm’s clients include big names such as Amazon, General Motors, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and TC Energy, the company behind the now-canceled Keystone XL Pipeline.

Ricchetti Inc.’s family ties to the White House have raised ethical concerns. The Journal reported that Jeff Ricchetti contacted the Executive Office of the President on behalf of several of his clients, something he did not do during the Trump…

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