In a revelation that would have been nice to have before the election, federal filings show that Joe Biden’s much-ballyhooed cancer charity – launched with nothing less than President Obama’s State of the Union announcement and endorsement – wound up raising lots of money. The only problem? All of that money went to paying staff salaries. At the end of the day, virtually none of the money went to actually researching cures for cancer – a big deal, since this was supposed to be Biden’s entire mission in life after leaving the vice presidency.
From 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 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.
How much did the charity spend on grants? Well, according to the federal filings, that number is a big fat goose egg.
Well, perhaps the charity really kicked in after 2018. Except no, because it turns out that once Biden and his wife stepped down to make room for Joe’s presidential run, the organization pretty much closed up shop. Technically, it still exists as an active charity, but Simon told the AP in 2019 that there wasn’t much work being done without the Bidens at the helm.
“We tried to power through but it became increasingly difficult to get the traction we needed to complete our mission,” he said last summer.
What was that mission, though? To cure cancer…or just to give a bunch of people a bunch of good-paying jobs and, in the meantime, make Joe Biden look like he was doing something positive in his post-government years?
By the way, take a moment to imagine what the front page of The New York Times and Washington Post would look like if this story was exactly the same…except it was about a charity started by Donald and Melania Trump.