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.”
“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.”
“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.
CNN Journos Are Throwing a Fit About a Trump Administration Official’s Pro-Western Civilization Comments
On June 29, 2020, writers Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott penned an op-ed at CNN attacking Merritt Corrigan, a deputy White House liaison at the US Agency for International Development, for some of the tweets she made between 2019 and 2020.
They claimed that she “has a history of inflammatory rhetoric aimed at refugees, the LGBTQ community and women.” CNN’s KFile analyzed several of the tweets from Corrigan’s account, “which were captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.”
Corrigan was previously employed at Hungary’s Embassy in the U.S.where she tweeted in support of nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on multiple occasions. She described him as “the shining champion of Western civilization,” according to ProPublica, which covered a number of Corrigan’s tweets on June 5.
Corrigan was also attacked for some of her anti-mass migration tweets. “Mass deportations when?,” Corrigan tweeted back in October 2019, linking to a 2010 article in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany’s multicultural experiment was a failure.
Corrigan also questioned radical feminist narratives, which bothered the hall monitors in the mainstream media. She was singled out in particular over a comment that she made in response to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statement in support of homosexual marriage during a Democratic presidential townhall.
“This sick statement by Warren, which glibly mocks a real crisis happening in our society, is exactly why women shouldn’t be in office. They will always advocate for themselves at the expense of men, and revel in it,” she tweeted back in October 2019.
In another tweet from that same month, Corrigan bashed conservative radio host Michael Knowles for sharing a picture of himself with a drag queen.
“Right wing gatekeepers have made it abundantly clear that their allegiance is to Satan and those who carry out his agenda of appalling sexual perversion over those who question the liberal status quo,” Corrigan tweeted.
It’s funny how outlets like CNN will obsess over people’s social media history, while turning a blind eye to journalists on the Left like the Washington Post’s global opinions editor Karen Attiah who recently declared that “White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s.’ And not calling for revenge,” in a tweet she quickly deleted.
CNN would be better served by actually reporting on the news and doing real journalism.
But that that might be too much to ask from a purveyor of Fake News like CNN which is more interested in perpetuating political correctness and distorting political developments to fit their globalist agenda.
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