A major Democratic donor just bought her way to be appointed as a special U.S. commission by President Joe Biden. How did she do it? Speculation is by purchasing Hunter Biden’s obnoxiously overpriced art. The buyer in question is California investor and philanthropist Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali.
Naftali was appointed by the president to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in July 2022 — eight months after Hunter’s art debuted at the gallery. She also contributed $13,414 to the Biden campaign and $29,700 to the Democratic National Campaign Committee this year, Insider reported.
National Review writes:
Despite the assurance of the Biden administration that the president’s son, for ethical reasons, would be left in dark about the identity of his buyers, Hunter later discovered the identities of two of them, sources told Business Insider.
Naftali is one of those two clients. National Review adds:
The commission is an independent agency of the U.S. government; it’s tasked with reporting on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that involve American heritage…A spot on the commission was highly coveted by Democratic elites, Insider noted. Eric Schwerin, Hunter Biden’s longtime business associate, landed the role in 2015 via appointment by President Obama. An email from that year found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop indicated that the president’s son might have helped facilitate Schwerin’s nomination, the outlet said.
“Eric asked me for one of these the day after the election in 2008,” Hunter told a cousin, who had written asking about a similar appointment for her mother.
Insider did not confirm whether the commission assignment happened before or after the painting was purchased, although it uncovered via internal documents from the gallery that one person paid $875,000 for his art.
The White House and Hunter Biden’s lawyers did not answer Insider‘s requests for clarification on the timeline.
“Hunter Biden is a private citizen who is entitled to have his own career as an artist,” Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, told the publication. “We are not involved in his art sales, and any buyers of his art are not disclosed to the White House.”
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