Joe Biden’s cancer charity spent more than $3.7million on staff salaries but distributed ZERO towards research grants over two years, tax filings reveal
- Documents showed the charity received $4,809,619 and spent $3,070,301 on staff salaries between 2017 and 2018
- Gregory Simon, the charity’s president, received $429,850 in fiscal year 2018
- The Biden Cancer Initiative spent nearly $1million on travel and conference expenses in those two fiscal years
- Joe and Jill Biden founded the charity in 2017 after his oldest son, Beau Biden, died of a brain cancer diagnosis
Daily Mail.com – Nov 15, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden‘s cancer charity spent the majority of its money on staff payroll and gave none to research, it has been revealed.
First reported by The New York Post, tax filings viewed by DailyMail.com showed that The Biden Cancer Initiative amassed $4,809,619 in contributions, but spent $3,070,301 on salaries.
Joe and Jill Biden founded The Biden Cancer Initiative in 2017 to help find a cure and ‘solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention.’
But it appeared no grants were given out during its first two years of operation.
Gregory Simon, The Biden Cancer Initiative president and former Pfizer executive, reportedly received $429,850 during the 2018 fiscal year, per filings viewed by DailyMail.com
Simon, who spearheaded the Obama administrations cancer task force, was paid nearly double his 2017 earnings which were $224,539.
Danielle Carnival, the former chief of staff of Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force, was paid $258,207 in 2018.
The Director of Communications, the Director of Science Policy and Director of Engagement all received six figure salaries as well.
The tax filings showed that The Biden Cancer Initiative spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel expenses in the 2017 tax filings
Those numbers rose the next year with conference costs skyrocketing to a staggering $742,953 for conferences and $97,149 on travel.
The boxes indicating grant distributions remained blank, suggesting no money was put forth by the charity.
The Biden Cancer Initiative was created after Joe’s oldest son, Beau Biden, died in 2015 after suffering from a brain cancer diagnosis.
Biden led Obama’s cancer task force while serving as vice president.
After leaving office 2017, the Biden Cancer Initiative continued in its quest to find cancer treatments.
‘The Biden Cancer Initiative will develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,’ said a press release from that year.
The Board of Directors included NFL Sideline reporter Erin Andrews and Jimmy ‘Taboo’ Gomez, a cancer survivor and musician from Black Eyed Peas.
The Biden Cancer Initiative suspended operations in July 2019 as Joe Biden became further entrenched in the contentious 2020 election battle.
‘Today, we are suspending activities given our unique circumstances. We remain personally committed to the cause, but at this time will have to pause efforts,’ Simon told the Associated Press at that time.