Washington Has Been Profitable for Some on Biden’s Workforce


The most important share of Ms. Haines’s revenue got here from Columbia College, which paid her greater than $440,000 to assist run a global analysis venture and to lecture on the college’s regulation faculty. She additionally was paid $150,000 to seek the advice of for the utilized physics lab at Johns Hopkins College, and almost $55,000 to seek the advice of and make introductions for WestExec Advisors, the agency Mr. Blinken helped discovered.

Mr. Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state within the Obama administration, shaped WestExec Advisors about eight months after he left workplace with three different Obama administration officers.

The agency, which takes its identify from the small avenue that runs between the West Wing of the White Home and the Eisenhower Govt Workplace Constructing, was employed by shoppers on the lookout for recommendation in navigating the federal authorities. The agency additionally paired with enterprise capital funds that helped corporations it suggested develop to tackle federal contracts or different new work.

Mr. Blinken’s disclosure forms present that he labored with 17 WestExec shoppers, together with Microsoft, Uber, AT&T, FedEx, LinkedIn, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, the pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences and McKinsey & Firm, the worldwide consulting agency.

WestExec mentioned in an announcement after Mr. Blinken emerged because the seemingly secretary of state choose that he helped enterprise leaders “make one of the best selections in a fancy and unstable worldwide panorama.”

In some circumstances, Mr. Blinken additionally publicly defended shoppers. When Fb got here below hearth for failing to adequately battle disinformation throughout the 2016 election — together with posts that have been a part of a Russian effort to boost Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign — Mr. Blinken mentioned the blame needs to be directed primarily at Russia.

Social media platforms “should do higher to defend in opposition to malicious actors, however let’s not lose sight of the forest for the timber: The issue is Russia and different actors who use our openness in opposition to us, not the platforms,” Mr. Blinken mentioned in an interview with Fast Company. “The most important mistake we are able to make is to get right into a round firing squad with authorities and the tech corporations,” Mr. Blinken instructed the publication, which recognized him as an adviser to each Fb and Alphabet, the mother or father firm of Google.