Chinese Donations to UPenn Spiked After Biden Center Opened

From the Washington Free Beacon by Alana Goodman:

The former chief investigator for the Department of Education said the agency noticed a “startling” spike in Chinese donations to the University of Pennsylvania after President Joe Biden opened his think tank at the school in 2017.


“It was extraordinary,” said Paul Moore, who served as the agency’s chief investigative counsel during the Trump administration, in congressional testimony on Thursday. UPenn raked in over $100 million from China-based contributors between 2017 and 2022, the Washington Free Beacon reported earlier this year. This was a substantial increase from the four years prior to 2017, when the school received a total of $19 million.


Moore’s testimony comes as UPenn and the Penn Biden Center face scrutiny over the surge in foreign donations, many of them anonymous, that coincided with the think tank’s opening and President Joe Biden’s election. Watchdog groups have said the funding raises concerns about foreign influence-buying.

Also from the story:

The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, has said the donations raise concerns about foreign influence-buying and called on the Department of Education to release the names of the anonymous funders.

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