The headline could just as well be, “Biden won’t disclose anything.”
His list of bundlers dropped right before the election. I did a quick expose on some of the troubling ties of those donors, but the drop was mostly ignored, by design, because there was so little time.
Joe Biden had spent the entire election hiding the names of his bundlers, the big money fundraisers who fueled his campaign, until releasing them right before Election Day.
What did he have to hide?
The list of inaguration donors? The Biden Inaugural Committee listed all the donors, but without any of the dollar amounts.
But the Biden Institute is going one better by refusing to even disclose anything. Anything at all.
The Biden Institute, a policy research center founded by Joe Biden at the University of Delaware, has no plans to disclose its donors after the president-elect takes office, Politico reported on Monday.
Legal experts and watchdog groups said the lack of transparency could create an ethical dilemma for Biden, particularly if he keeps his name on the institute and it continues to fundraise while he’s in the White House.
Ethical Dillema is Biden’s middle name.
The Biden Institute, which had many of Biden’s incoming administration staffers on its payroll, is part of a network of foundations and policy centers that he established after his vice presidency.
The institute is currently in the middle of a large fundraising push to raise $20 million that is expected to continue well into Biden’s presidency.
The Penn Biden Center, another policy research group founded by Biden at the University of Pennsylvania, has also declined to reveal its contributors. A spokesperson told Politico that the funding comes from the University of Pennsylvania’s general operating budget, not from individually earmarked contributions. The University of Pennsylvania raked in $61 million from China-based donors after the Penn Biden Center opened in 2017, the Free Beacon reported, a significant uptick from the $19 million raised from China during the five years prior.
It’s not just the Clinton Foundation. It’s now become routine for the heavy hitters with big presidential plans to set up networks that fund their embryonic campaigns using donations from dubious sources which, in practice, means that China and just about anyone else is funding presidential campaigns by getting in on the ground floor. But don’t worry. It’s just an “ethical dillema”, not the basis for a four-year investigation by a special prosecutor.