At least 40 people working for President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team are or were registered lobbyists, a new analysis found.
The report, published Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, was done by searching the congressional lobbying databases for the over 500 appointees to the Biden transition team.
In late September, as a Biden transition team was beginning to come together, the Democrat opted to allow lobbyists to join the transition effort, but only in circumstances where the group’s general counsel Jessica Hertz signed off.
The decision was slammed by progressive advocacy groups, but Team Biden held firm, arguing that some of the experts being excluded because of their lobbying experience were experts on issues related to the pandemic response.
“We have granted a handful of authorizations, including for individuals with expertise in pandemic response who recently advocated on behalf of their public interest, nonprofit employers,” a transition official said in a statement at the time.
Still, of the over