he Biden Cancer Initiative was founded in 2017 by Joe and 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.
A noble concept, indeed. There is only one problem; where the money raised actually went, is reprehensible. Federal filings, reported by the New York Post, show the cancer charity “gave out no money to research, and spent most of its contributions on staff salaries.”
In a nutshell, the company did zero for cancer research and did a lot for Biden’s DC friends who were paid to do, well, nothing. The charity “gave out no grants in its first two years, and spent millions on the salaries of former Washington, DC, aides it hired” reported The Post.
“The charity took in $4,809,619 in contributions in fiscal years 2017 and 2018” reported The Post. Certainly, great things could be done in the cancer research field with that huge sum of money. Instead, $3,070,301 was spent on payroll.
Tax filings show the group’s president, Gregory Simon, made a whopping $429,850 from July 2018 to June 2019. “Simon, a former Pfizer executive and longtime health care lobbyist who headed up the White House’s cancer task force in President Barack Obama’s administration, saw his salary nearly double from the $224,539 he made in fiscal 2017, tax filings show.”
Former chief of staff for Obama’s cancer initiative, Danielle Carnival, received $258,207 in 2018 working for Biden’s “charity.” Other than salaries, tax filings show “the charity spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel that year. The following year, the travel expenditure swelled to $97,149, and the nonprofit spent $742,953 on conferences” reported The Post. But, “under grants distributed, it listed zero.”
Reportedly the charity “paused” after only two years when Joe and Jill Biden stepped down to run for president in the 2020 election. “Although the organization is still officially active, according to the IRS, Simon said in a 2019 interview that without the Bidens at the helm ,the charity lost its edge” reported The Post.
“We tried to power through but it became increasingly difficult to get the traction we needed to complete our mission,’ he told the AP in July 2019.” Simon’s “mission” of an extremely inflated salary and extravagant travel expenses is no longer.