What happened when the University of Pennsylvania announced the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in February of 2017, mere weeks after Biden’s vice presidency ended? Chinese donors, many of them anonymous, flooded it with millions in donations.
The New York Post, reporting on that massive wave of cash sent in after the Biden Center was announced, notes that:
The center, which is located in Washington, DC, opened its doors in February 2018. Antony Blinken, whom Biden named as secretary of state, briefly served as its managing director.
The Ivy League university received $15.8 million in anonymous Chinese gifts that year, including one eye-popping $14.5 million donation in May 2018, records show.
The flurry of donations may be related to first son 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 Justice.
Indeed, the NLPC connected the wave of donations to Hunter Biden’s China activities in a complaint demanding that the feds look into the situation, saying:
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The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) hereby files this complaint against HunterBiden; the Truman National Security Project; and the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, because there is reason to believe that one or more of them or their agents may have failed to register as a foreign agent under the ForeignAgent Registration Act (FARA), 22 U.S.C. 611,et seq. regarding their political activities on behalf of a foreign country or principal.
NLPC requests a full investigation of this matter, which we believe may lead to other civil or criminal violations of federal law, including conspiracy, money laundering, tax evasion, and wire fraud, that may have been committed by Hunter Biden and his associates, including his uncle James Biden, and his father Joe Biden.
Describing that complaint and the reasons for it, particularly the massive amount of money sent to the center and how that money might have indirectly ended up in Biden’s hands, the complaint says:
More particularly, NLPC filed a complaint with the Department of Education on May 25, 2020, requesting an investigation into the receipt of some $67 million from China, $22 million of which were anonymous donations from China, from 2017-2019, to the University of Pennsylvania, including one anonymous donation of $14.5 million on May 29, 2018. Some of these funds were likely funneled to its Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement and to pay Joe Biden some $900,000 for a few appearances he made before he announced his candidacy for the presidency on April 25, 2019.
In other words, Hunter was lobbying in China around the time that tens of millions of anonymous Chinese dollars were sent to U Penn, which was opening a Biden Center at the time and then paid Biden almost a million dollars for a few speeches.
That’s a good stud rate on its own for Biden, one made all the more suspicious and concerning given the Hunter Biden and China connection.
Perhaps the complaint is wrong and nothing untoward happened. But an investigation is needed if we’re to find out.