(The Center Square) – House watch Republicans have launched an investigation into whether President Joe Biden rewarded political donors with government contracts and positions, the latest allegation of misconduct against the administration as it rejects links to Hunter Biden activities.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget raising concerns about two top Democratic donors who recently benefited from taxpayer funds.
“Media reports indicate a pattern of businesses associated with donors receiving substantial amounts of taxpayers’ money,” the letter read. “To ensure that political donations do not unduly influence the administration’s handling of contracts and loans, we are requesting documentation and information on the safeguards and procedures in place, if any, to protect taxpayers.”
The survey names Joe Kiani, who founded and leads Masimo, a global medical technology company. Kiani has been a primarily Democratic donor for more than a decade, giving to a range of groups and candidates.
“Mr. Kiani is a prolific Democratic donor, contributing more than $1 million to the Biden Foundation in 2017, $750,000 to the pro-Biden Unite the Country super PAC, and $1 million to the Biden Inaugural Committee,” says the letter.
Today, Kiani sits on the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology. Additionally, the letter states that Kiani has received a series of contracts from the federal government.
“In addition to receiving a PCAST nomination, Mr. Kiani’s company, Masimo, has received nearly $3 million in federal government contracts since January 2021,” the letter said. “Several agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have awarded contracts to Masimo. While Masimo has received government contracts in previous administrations, Mr. Kiani’s close ties to President Biden, including an appointment to a White House board, make it look like he’s benefiting from his political contributions.
Republicans on the committee also pointed to another donor, Lukas Walton’s solar company First Solar, which gave to Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. This company then received a large loan from a federal agency.
“In December 2021, the company received a $500 million loan from the [International Development Finance Institution]“, we read in the letter. “The awarding of lucrative government contracts to companies run by big Democratic donors is becoming a troubling pattern of the Biden administration and raising questions about whether political contributions play a role in the decision to award donor money. federal taxpayers.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
Hunter Biden, the president’s son, has come under scrutiny over how he made large sums of money overseas and whether the president knew about the deals, was involved in them, or could be compromised in any way. The US Department of Justice is currently investigating Hunter Biden.
By Casey Harper | The central square