Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill founded the Biden Cancer Initiative in 2017 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."
But recent federal tax filings show that during charity's first two years no grants were given out but millions were spent on the salaries of former Washington DC aides it hired.
During fiscal years 2017 and 2018 the charity took in more than $4.8 million in contributions and in that time spent just over $3 million on the payroll. The president of the group and former Pfizer executive, Gregory Simon, raked in $429,850 in fiscal 2018 alone. That's nearly double his salary from fiscal 2017.
Former chief of staff for Obama's cancer initiative Danielle Carnival took home over a quarter of a million dollars in 2018.
Besides the salaries paid to those recruited from the Obama administration, the charity spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel expenses in fiscal 2017. The next year those expenses ballooned to $97,149 for travel and a whopping $742,953 for conferences.
Simon claimed that the main goal of the charity was not to give out grants but to find a way to accelerate treatment for all, regardless of their cultural or economic background.
Former vice president Biden lead the Cancer Moonshot Task Force under the Obama administration after the death of his son Beau in 2015. After leaving the White House Biden continued to look for ways to provide "urgent" solutions to treating cancer with the Biden Cancer Initiative.
The Bidens packed the board with leading oncologists and many celebrity cancer survivors, including Jimmy Gomez better known as Taboo from the musical group the Black Eyed Peas.
The charity put its operations on "pause" when the Bidens stepped down for Joe's presidential run. While the organization is still active Simon stated that without the Bidens at the forefront of operations the charity has lost its edge.
Simon told the Associated Press, "We tried to power through but it became increasingly difficult to get the traction we needed to complete our mission."