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Hunter Biden didn’t make millions off Amtrak

October 21, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Hunter Biden got $1.76 million from taxpayer-funded Amtrak

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, was paid $32,850 during a 31-month tenure on Amtrak’s board of directors.

THE FACTS: Articles and tweets circulating online wrongly suggest that Biden was paid $1.76 million by Amtrak, a passenger rail service that has received billions of dollars in federal subsidies. 

The inaccurate article also suggests that Amtrak paid Biden’s lobbying firm for work.

President George W. Bush nominated Biden to Amtrak’s board and he was confirmed by the Senate in July 2006, according to congressional records. He served on the board until February 2009. 


During that time, Amtrak paid Biden a total of  $32,850, which represents per diem fees paid for attending 43 board meetings, according to Amtrak records.

Amtrak said in an email that it has “no record of any contract” with Biden’s former lobbying firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair. 

Biden, who represented mainly colleges while working with the firm, resigned as a federal lobbyist in 2008, when his father ran for vice president on the ticket with Barack Obama,  the AP reported at the time.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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