A government watchdog is asking the US prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden in Delaware to investigate tens of millions of anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania, where an academic center is named after his father, President Biden.
The Ivy League college raised a total of $54.6 million from 2014 to June 2019 in donations from China, including $23.1 million in anonymous donations from 2016, according to public records.
Most of the anonymous donations came after the university announced in February 2017 that it would create the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Joe Biden, whose term as vice president had just ended, was to lead the center and was also named a professor at the university.
The center, which is located in Washington, DC, opened in February 2018. Antony Blinken, whom Biden appointed secretary of state, briefly served as its chief executive.
Ivy League University received $15.8 million in anonymous Chinese gifts that year, including an impressive $14.5 million donation in May 2018, records show.
The wave of donations may be linked to Hunter Biden’s business interests in China, the National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog, alleged in complaints sent in May and October 2020 to the Departments of Education and Health. Justice.
Last week, the group asked U.S. Attorney David Weiss to step in and investigate Chinese largesse to the school as part of his federal tax probe into Hunter Biden.
“We have asked … Weiss to pursue the broader network of individuals and institutions who have benefited from millions distributed by foreign interests linked to Hunter Biden’s work in China and Ukraine,” said Tom Anderson, director of the project. of Government Integrity of the NLPC.
In his 12-page complaintthe watchdog cited a 2017 text found on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop that claimed CEFC China Energy Co, one of the companies in which Hunter Biden had a financial stake, wanted to pressure politicians in the United States. United but did not want to register under the foreign agent register. (FARA), mandatory for all foreign lobbyists.
“We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA [sic] which…is much broader than people who should know choose not to know,” reads the May 1, 2017 text sent by Hunter Biden to his former business partner Tony Bobulinski.
A spokesperson for the University of Pennsylvania denied that any anonymous Chinese money went to the center.
“The Penn Biden Center has never solicited or received any gifts from any Chinese or foreign entity. In fact, the University has never solicited any donations for the Center,” Stephen MacCarthy said.
Although the center’s mission statement says it does not accept contributions, MacCarthy said he had received a total of $1,100 in three unsolicited donations from two donors since 2017, but said the two donors were American.
It would not disclose the identities of the donors or say how the massive, anonymous Chinese funds were used at the school.
After Biden was elected president in 2020, the center said it would operate “completely independent of the Biden administration.”
Other Ivy League colleges have raised Chinese money, including Harvard, which got $75 million in 2014-2019, and Yale, which got $43.5 million, according to archives.
The Department of Education opened investigations in 2020 into whether Harvard and Yale complied with foreign species reporting requirements.