Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Labor Department, had paid thousands of dollars to a consulting firm founded by top Biden adviser Anita Dunn, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting.
Walsh made the payments using campaign funds in the months before being selected for the Labor post, according to the Beacon.
The news outlet said the Walsh campaign paid the communications firm SKDKnickerbocker $18,000 in consulting fees in September.
It said just one day later Dunn, SKDK’s managing director who had led the Biden presidential campaign, joined the Biden transition team as one of four national co-chairs.
Walsh paid SKDK an additional $72,000 over three months ending in late December. About two weeks later, Walsh was picked by Biden to lead the Labor Department. A week following his selection, Dunn was selected to be a senior White House adviser.
The Beacon pointed out that Walsh had never previously used the firm for campaign expenditures. His payment to the firm was his largest to a single vendor during the months of September, November, and December.
Walsh attended the Biden inauguration on Wednesday. A Senate hearing on his confirmation has not been scheduled.
Politico reported that Walsh and Biden have strong personal ties. Biden spoke at the mayor’s 2017 inauguration and the two have been spotted together at various times.
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