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Biden adviser’s brother lobbied National Security Council on GM’s behalf

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Jeff Ricchetti, brother of White House counselor Steve Ricchetti, lobbied the National Security Council on behalf of General Motors in the second quarter of 2021, according to lobbying filings.

The automaker paid Ricchetti $60,000 to lobby the National Security Council on “issues related to China.” Ricchetti also reported lobbying Congress on issues related to electric vehicles, semiconductors and climate policy.

“Jeff Ricchetti among other lobbyists that are registered to advocate on our behalf help GM to advocate for policies that support our customers, dealers and employees, help strengthen our manufacturing presence in the United States and advance our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” a spokeswoman for GM told CNBC, which first reported details of the lobbying effort.

Ricchetti has said he does not lobby his brother, who serves as one of President Biden’s closest advisers. Ricchetti previously noted that he did not lobby the White House in the second quarter after doing so earlier this year; however, the National Security Council is part of the president’s office, and is chaired by Biden. 

GM previously pushed the Trump administration to remove tariffs on one of its vehicles made in China, but a GM spokesperson reportedly said Ricchetti did not discuss tariffs with Biden officials. GM and other automakers have also been pushing Washington to provide funding for electric vehicles and charging stations, and prioritize U.S. manufacturing of semiconductors for cars and trucks. 

Lobbyists with close ties to the Biden administration are flourishing as Biden pursues an ambitious agenda. Ricchetti brought in $850,000 in lobbying revenue in the second quarter of 2021 — up from just $200,000 during the same period last year. Christopher Putala, a former senior aide to Biden during his tenure as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, tripled his lobbying revenue from the same period last year.

Tags General Motors GM Jeff Ricchetti Joe Biden Lobbying National Security Council Steve Ricchetti White House
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