Charlotte, NC — There is an interesting dynamic that should be observed over the next four years assuming there is a Biden administration, is whether the New York Post continues to take an editorial point of view on the news side that is overtly hostile to the Biden families’ activities prior to taking office.
The front page of yesterday’s New York Post included a story that zeros in on what is likely a very sensitive subject. The actions of Joe Biden and his family following the death of his son Beau in 2015 from brain cancer. This has all the makings of Clinton Crime Family type corruption, folks.
Back in 2016, Congress passed the “21st Century Cures Act,” which authorized 46.3 billion to deal with a variety of medical and mental health issues that included a sum of $1.8 billion dedicated to cancer research in what is called the “Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot” initiative.
Once the Trump administration was sworn in and the Obama administration finally exited the premises, Joe and Dr. Jill Biden formed a charity in memory of their good son, Beau Biden, dedicated to the task of helping in the cause of finding a cure for cancer. According to the New York Post:
The Biden Cancer Initiative was founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife Jill Biden to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,” according to IRS mission statement.
Even though the “charity” raised over $4 million in the more than two years the Bidens were involved, Joe Biden suspended his involvement after deciding to run for President. However, the manner in which the funds were spent raises interesting questions.
First, the CEO of the “Biden Cancer Initiative” was a man named Gregory Simon, a former Pfizer executive and health care lobbyist who lead the White House’s cancer task force in the Obama/Biden administration.
However, the Post doesn’t fully explain who Greg Simon is, and there is a bit of a look here into some possible ‘themes’ of an upcoming Biden Administration assuming Joe wins the election.
Simon’s background and rise are rather suspicious but atypical of the Left’s actions on their authority when in power. Simon was an aid to Al Gore when he served as Vice President and eventually rose to be his Chief Domestic Policy Advisor in the middle of the 8 years Clinton was in the White House. Simon drafted regulations for the biotech industry and was Gore’s representative on the National Economic Council.
When Simon left the Clinton Administration to cash in, he formed the DC lobbying firm Simon Strategies and took on clients such as Enron, Southern Company, Sony, Netscape, Motorola, Global Crossing, American Online (AOL), and Cisco.
While maintaining his lobbying practice, Simon was a ‘bundler’ and top adviser for Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Before becoming CEO of the Biden Cancer Initiative, Simon had been the Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. He also served on the Health and Human Services transition team for Obama-Biden in 2008.
According to tax documents reviewed by the Post — tax filings of 501(c)(3) charities are public records — the Biden Cancer Initiative paid Simon nearly $225,000 in fiscal year 2017 (June 2017 to July 2018), and nearly double that — $430,000 — in 2018 (June 2018 to July 2019). During those two years, the “charity” took in over $4.8 million in donations.
Simon’s Chief of Staff for the Obama “Moonshot Task Force,” Danielle Carnival, was also employed by the Biden “charity” and was paid $258,000 in fiscal year 2018. In total, Carnival spent 6 years on the Obama Administration White House Staff in a variety of positions before leaving to join the Biden Cancer Initiative in 2017. .
Salaries for the top two officials that consumed more than 25% of all contributions, there isn’t an accurate detail of the additional funds the “charity” spent money on. According to the Post:
The charity spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel that year. The following year, the travel expenditure swelled to $97,149, and the nonprofit spent $742,953 on conferences, tax filings show.
That is close to another $1 million in spending over two years.
What did the “charity” not spend money on? Grants supporting cancer research efforts. That box on the IRS tax return for a nonprofits lists “$0.00.”
On April 25, 2019, Biden announced his candidacy for the Democrat party’s nomination for President.
On July 15, 2019, only 2 weeks after the end of the “charity’s” fiscal year, it announced it was suspending operations.
The Daily Mail in the UK does a bit more math on the “charity’s” tax filings and finds that over $3 million in spending — of the $4.8 million raised — went to pay salaries and benefits of the organization’s staff. In addition to Simon and Carnival, three other staff positions enjoyed six-figure salaries — the Director of Communications, Director of Science Policy, and Director of Engagement — with two making $150,000+ and the other making $185,000+.
“Other expenses” totaled $1.7 million, meaning that $4.7 million of the $4.8 million raised was spent on “charity” operations.
Simon’s close connection to Al Gore should not be overlooked. It has been reported that Biden intends to name Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff.
But Simon’s close connection to Al Gore is also significant, in my opinion. It has been reported that Biden intends to name Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff. For 30 years, Klain has been closely associated with the Clintons and with Al Gore. Klain also served Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary staff and led White House judicial confirmation efforts involving the late Justice Ginsburg.
Klain’s elevation, and Biden remaining close to individuals like Greg Simon who are connected back to Clinton-Gore more than the Obama Administration, may suggest some interesting dynamics about to play out on the Democrat side over the next 60 days. Assuming Joe Biden wins the election.
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