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Businesses and foreign nations turn to Biden lobbying

Ms Podesta, who runs a lobbying firm with dozens of corporate clients, including Apple and Yelp, said she saw renewed interest in her Democratic-leaning business, recruiting new clients in recent weeks before Biden’s expected victory.

“The real change will happen in December,” she said. “Fortune 500 companies take a long time to make these decisions.”

Other well positioned to capitalize on the Biden era include the lobbying firm owned by Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of Mr. Biden’s campaign chairman and new White House adviser Steve Ricchetti, and a company co-founded by Jeffrey Peck, who worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Mr. Biden and was treasurer of the Biden Foundation.

Mr Peck deregistered as a lobbyist earlier this year, but the firm that bears his name continues to lobby, adding clients like the International Franchise Association in the months leading up to the election.

The Biden administration is also expected to generate new business for companies with ties to Mr. Biden or his team that help clients navigate their way to Washington without officially registering to lobby – including WestExec Advisors and Albright. Stonebridge Group, as well as Beacon Global Strategies. Beacon Global, which has represented Raytheon and Citi among other clients, was co-founded by Jeremy Bash, a former Obama Defense Department official who worked closely with Mr Biden’s new chief of staff at the White House, Ron Klain.

Precision Strategies, the self-proclaimed “integrated strategy and marketing agency” co-founded by Mr Biden’s campaign manager and new White House deputy chief of staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, was hired in August to do public relations by the American Investment Council, a lobbying group representing private equity firms.

One of the most prominent of these firms is SKDK, which provides communications and fundraising advice to businesses, politicians, and abroad, including the Biden Campaign, a super PAC started by the former Mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg, and an Israeli spyware company. (SKDK has registered under lobbying laws in the past, but says it was for public affairs advice and he doesn’t lobby.)

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