The Biden administration’s choice of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) President Amy Gutmann as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany reignited the scandal of tens of millions of dollars of ‘dark’ money contributed to the Biden Center from China.
Gutmann’s nomination was submitted by President Joe Biden on July 2. It was immediately linked to claims of transparency over the origins of at least $70 million donated to UPenn’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, according to the alternative media outlet The Election Wizard on July 4.
According to Breitbart, Gutmann has been president since 2004 of Ivy League-ranked UPenn in Philadelphia, where Biden established a foreign policy center during his term as his vice president in the Obama administration.
After Biden was announced as a presidential candidate in April 2018, the university received more than $70 million from China, $22 million of which was listed as “anonymous,” the National Legal and Policy Center [NLPC] reported.
In 2019 And in 2019, donors, possibly linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), also sent $26.9 million to the center, $6 million of it also from anonymous sources.
It should be noted that federal law requires disclosure of the source of all donations over $250,000.
NLPC itself, a nonprofit public interest organization, requested an investigation by the Department of Education because UPenn failed to disclose the source of the million-dollar contributions from China since 2013, in compliance with the law.
It further requested a referral to the Department of Justice to file an enforcement action, requiring compliance and recovering all investigation costs in May 2020.
In the face of these irregularities, NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty noted, “It is apparent that the Biden Center is beholden to China for its operations. This has an insidious affect on shaping the programs it produces.”
On the other hand, he added on July 3: “The University of Pennsylvania has stonewalled all inquiries into the identities of the Chinese donors who made $22 million anonymous donations to the university.”
And he reiterated, “We think it’s time for her [Dr. Gutmann] to answer the question and identify the donors.”
“Academia is awash in Chinese cash,” Flaherty said. “It’s time for administrators to start answering questions about it.”
In possible compensation, the Biden Center co-sponsored the Penn China 2020 Research Symposium on January 31, 2020, at which Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, spoke amid the CCP’s controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China.
Speaking in the same vein was NLPC attorney Paul Kamenar, saying, “These multi-million dollar donations from China are bad enough, but the blatant reporting violations over the years are simply outrageous.”
In addition to the numerous high-ranking officials who have had ties to the CCP in the past appointed in the Biden administration, decisions made by Democrats in Congress that tend to protect the CCP and its controversial policies are notorious.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that companies that have benefited financially from legislative favors are pouring large donations into the party’s coffers, as reported in The Federalist of June 29.