Amy Gutmann is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and was praised by Fortune in 2018 as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” according to the university.
And she’s been president of UPenn since 2004.
But between 2013 and last year, the university allegedly received tens of millions in undisclosed donations from China, according to the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative-leaning public ethics group. And the dollar totals dramatically increased after the school opened its Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
The NLPC filed a complaint against UPenn last year, alleging $22 million in “anonymous” donations from the country for the Biden Center and $70 million from China in total.
Top Republicans on three House investigative committees are demanding that the University of Pennsylvania release funding records on the school’s Penn Biden Center, a policy institute launched by President Joe Biden in 2017.
In a letter sent Thursday to University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann, the lawmakers also asked for records related to the recent surge in donations to the university from China as well as information on any contracts and agreements between Penn and the Chinese government.
The university has received over $72 million from China since the Penn Biden Center opened—up from $21 million in the same time frame prior—prompting questions from watchdog groups and lawmakers about whether the uptick had any relation to the center.
“Understanding whether the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement (Biden Center) received funds from China or other adversarial nations at … Read More ➡
1/26/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed by One America News Network’s John Hines on the $22 million in anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania, home of the Biden Center. Antony Blinken, confirmed by the Senate today as Secretary of State, served as managing director of the Biden Center when the donations were made… Read More ➡
Real America’s Voice 1/5/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed by Amanda Head about the group’s Foreign Agent Registration Act Complaint against the Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter Biden and the Truman National Security Project. Antony Blinken, managing director of the Biden Center, will be nominated to be Secretary of State.… Read More ➡
Antony Blinken has had a long history with Joe Biden before the president-elect tapped him to be his secretary of state nominee—as a Biden Senate aide, an advisor to the then-vice president and deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration.
But it could be a non-federal role — one also closely tied to Biden — that will raise a question in his Senate confirmation hearings regarding how America’s next chief diplomat will handle China.
Blinken served as the managing director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, also known as the Penn Biden Center, established in 2017. He left that position in 2019 to join the Biden campaign.
In May, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a government watchdog group, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education seeking to force the university and the Penn Biden … Read More ➡
11/25/20- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on One America News Network about the group’s call for Tony Blinken to disclose the source of $22 million in anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania, home of the Biden Center for Global Engagement and Diplomacy. Biden has announced that he will nominate Blinken to be Secretary of State. Blinken served as managing director of the Biden Center.… Read More ➡
11/24/20- On America’s Voice, Tom Anderson of the National Legal and Policy Center criticizes Joseph Biden’s selection of Anthony Blinken for Secretary of State. He also analyzes Rep. Ilhan Omar’s announcement that she will be cutting ties to her husband’s firm.… Read More ➡
In another broadside against thePeople’s Republic of China, a top official in President Trump’s State Department last month urged American universities to divest their endowments from Chinese-owned corporations; to closely monitor or shut down on-campus activities that promote Chinese propaganda; and to protect research centers from Chinese theft of intellectual property.
And regarding investments, a special working group of the administration’s top financial regulators, led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, recommended the Securities and Exchange Commission impose stronger transparency rules for foreign companies that are listed on American exchanges. The step was primarily directed at China, whose companies’ financial disclosures are … Read More ➡
A watchdog group is asking the U.S. Education Department to investigate the University of Pennsylvania and its Biden Center, a diplomacy and global engagement initiative named after the Democratic presidential candidate, for accepting millions of dollars in anonymous funds from Chinese donors.
The complaint, filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, says that over the past three years, the university has accepted around $22 million in anonymous funding from Chinese sources. That’s out of a total of more than $70 million from Chinese donors during that time, the NLPC said.
Those significant funds, including the anonymous amounts, rolled in after the Biden Center was announced in early 2017 and launched in February 2018. The center is located in downtown Washington, D.C.
One America News’ John Hines interviews Paul Kamenar, Counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which filed a Complaint with the Department of Education alleging the University of Pennsylvania and the Biden Center failed to disclose millions of dollars of anonymous donations from China, as required by law.… Read More ➡