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UH OH: Biden Center at UPenn Caught in New Chinese Funding Scandal

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On May 21, 2020, the National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education blaming the University of Pennsylvania for skirting federal laws which require schools to disclose foreign donations above $250,000.

According to the complaint,  University of Pennsylvania was the recipient of over $67 million from sources based in China since 2013. Ever since the school opened the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in 2017 (which is located in Washington D.C.), the school received over $22 million from sources based in China that are listed as “Anonymous.”

On May 27,2020, University of Pennsylvania spokesman Stephen MacCarthy declared that the NLPC allegation was “completely untrue.”

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“We have never solicited any gifts for the Penn Biden Center,” MacCarthy told The College Fix in an e-mail. “Since its inception in 2017 there have been three unsolicited gifts (from two donors) which combined total $1,100. Neither of the donors were from China.”

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“It is total nonsense,” he said to The Fix.

According to the complaint, the anonymous China contributions continued flowing in after former Vice President Joe Biden announced his presidential candidacy. Around the time of the center’s inauguration, Biden was Penn’s Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor.

“It is apparent that the Biden Center is beholden to China for its operations,” remarked Peter Flaherty, Chair of NLPC, in a statement. “This has an insidious effect on shaping the programs it produces.”

This complaint comes during a time when the Education Department is investigating Harvard and Yale for their failure to report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts. The department claims that once it started to urge schools in July 2019 to begin disclosing the foreign funds they’re receiving, universities have reported $6.5 billion in foreign money.

This new complaint alleges that Penn is not fully disclosing its foreign funding. According to the NLPC, Chinese donations to the Biden Center since 2017 have consisted of the following:

2017: Total: $7,734,790 – Anonymous: $500,000

2018: Total: $27,104,246 – Anonymous: $15,800,000

2019: Total: $26,947,074 – Anonymous: $6,004,975

The complaint argues that these contributions have affected the university’s and the Biden Center’s behavior. For example, while China was working to cover up information about the effect of the Wuhan virus on its country, Penn Global sponsored the 2020 Penn China Research Symposium on January 31, 2020, which featured opening remarks by Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in New York. One of the panelists participating in the symposium was from the Penn Biden Center.

“Moreover, the University of Pennsylvania since 2015 has established a Penn China Research and Engagement Fund where university funds are awarded for research projects about China,” the complaint highlighted.

At a opening for the center in 2018, Biden stated, “It is just a great, great honor to be associated with what I think is one of the finest universities in the world.” She continued, “This is the most satisfying thing that I could do. The purpose of this [center] is to be a gathering place where ideas are exchanged.”

The NLPC is pursuing the full disclosure of the contributions and requesting that Penn reimburse the U.S. Treasury for “the full costs to the United States of obtaining compliance, including all associated costs of investigation and enforcement.”

The complaint can be read here.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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