Ashley Biden Org Received $166k Taxpayer Money While Father Was Vice President
Organization promoted Joe Biden's daughter at same time it received $166,000 federal grant
An organization received a federal grant of $166,000 in taxpayer money around the same time it hired Ashley Biden - the daughter of then-Vice President Joe Biden- as its executive director, according to a bombshell new report.
In September 2014, the Delaware Center for Justice was selected by the Justice Department to receive a competitive two-year grant.
The funding came from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Joe Biden helped push $1.7 billion in federal funds to the Byrne program during his time as vice president, according to reports.
The grant is named after fallen New York City Police Department officer, Edward Byrne, who was killed in the line of duty in 1988.
For one year prior to receiving the grant, Ashley Biden served as associate director for the Delaware Center for Justice, The Washington Examiner has revealed.
Two months after the grant selection, however, she was promoted to the role of executive director, the Examiner said.
The Examiner cited government and tax records as the source of its information.
A government watchdog group, The National Legal and Policy Center, says the timing of the grant to Ashley Biden’s organization raises questions of whether her family ties had any influence on the selection process.
“The timing of the grant approval and his daughter's ascent to leadership in the organization that received it makes it necessary for the agencies involved to investigate whether Biden improperly used his influence to steer this grant to his daughter,” said Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project.
The DOJ grant was a significant portion of the Delaware Center for Justice’s revenue, according to its annual reports.
The prior year, the group brought in a total of $768,305 in revenue.
That increased to $1,517,854, according to the 2015 report, due to an uptick in both government funding and foundation grants.
Ashley Biden’s salary also saw a bump in comparison with the prior executive director.
The previous director, Joanna Champney, was paid $71,000 in 2013 and $69,000 in 2014, according to tax records.
Ashley Biden’s starting salary was $82,000, although that also corresponded with stronger revenues for the organization.
This is the latest bombshell to hit the Biden family this week after Joe Biden's sister was also found to have funneled money from her brother's presidential campaigns to her own company.
As Neon Nettle reported Tuesday, Valerie Biden Owens' own consulting firm received millions of dollars from her brother's campaign funds.
Valerie Biden Owens served as the campaign manager for Joe's past presidential runs and oversaw the “Citizens for Biden” and “Biden for President Inc.” funds.
During her brother’s 2008 presidential bid alone, Valerie directed $2.5 million to her own consultancy firm from both funds.
The money trail was uncovered in a damning new report by Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer.
According to Schweizer, Biden’s political tenure has largely resulted in little-known financial benefits for his family.