If former Vice-President Joe Biden does manage to find himself in the White House as president he is going to be in for a world of investigations.
It could start with his son Hunter Biden’s laptop or it could start with the newly discovered tax filings that appear to show that a cancer charity that was started by the former vice president paid millions for salaries of its staff but zilch on actual cancer research, The New York Post reported.
A cancer charity started by Joe Biden gave out no money to research, and spent most of its contributions on staff salaries, federal filings show.
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 its IRS mission statement. But it gave out no grants in its first two years, and spent millions on the salaries of former Washington DC aides it hired.
The charity took in $4,809,619 in contributions in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and spent $3,070,301 on payroll in those two years. The group’s president, Gregory Simon, raked in $429,850 in fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), according to the charity’s most recent federal tax filings.
Simon, a former Pfizer executive and longtime health care lobbyist who headed up the White House’s cancer task force in the Obama administration, saw his salary nearly double from the $224,539 he made in fiscal 2017, tax filings show.
Danielle Carnival, former chief of staff for Obama’s cancer initiative, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, who took home $258,207 in 2018.
The group blew $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel in 2018, The Post said. In 2019 the money spent on travel ballooned to $97,149, and another $742,953 was spent on conferences, it said.
Unfortunately, with all of the money flying around from the group, it listed the grants it gave as not a single dime.
Simon insisted that the charity was not designed to give out grants, but rather was done to accelerate treatment for everyone with no regard to their cultural or economic background.
Biden, as vice president for former President Obama, headed the Cancer Moonshot Task Force after his son Beau tragically dies of a brain tumor in 2015. And after he left the White House his Biden Cancer Initiative was designed to continue his work.
“The Biden Cancer Initiative will develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes. Through the Biden Cancer Initiative, Vice President and Dr. Biden strengthen their commitment to inject a sense of urgency into our cancer research and care systems and reimagine how the government, academia, non-profits and the private sector can better organize their resources and systems to collaborate to take on cancer, with the patient as the focus. The Initiative will be a major convening force in driving new actions and collaborations toward ending cancer as we know it,” it said in a press release in June, 2017.