Buyer For Hunter Art Revealed, More Corruption Allegations Unveiled
The corruption allegation surrounding the Bidens continues to rise as the identity of a buyer of Hunter Biden’s artwork comes to light.
According to the New York Post, Hunter’s novice artwork has raked in at least $1.3 million with his buyers, including a Democratic donor President Joe Biden named to a prestigious commission.
Georges Bergès Gallery of Manhattan’s sales record showed Los Angeles real-estate investor and philanthropist Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali is one of the buyers of Hunter’s artworks. Georges Bergès Gallery of Manhattan is the first son’s art dealer.
Hunter Biden sold artwork to Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, a Dem donor who was appointed to a prestigious federal commission. The transaction raises questions abt Biden's pledge of an "absolute wall" separating his admin from his family members' business deals https://t.co/dVXkWOcbhH
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President Joe Biden appointed Naftali to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in July 2022. That appointment came just eight months after Hunter’s first art show in Hollywood.
This person bought art from Hunter Biden and then got appointed to a Federal Commission by Biden. Her name is Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali. pic.twitter.com/g6uDsg1EfC
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According to Business Insider, Naftali, who is influential in the California Democratic circles, has given $13,414 to the Biden campaign and $29,700 to the Democratic National Campaign Committee in 2023.
While Republicans believe that Naftali’s purchase is a case of influence peddling and quid pro quo, an official of the Biden administration disagreed. The official told Business Insider that Naftali’s appointment had nothing to do with the purchase and that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recommended her.
The latest report contradicts the White House’s claim that Hunter’s team had a process for carefully vetting buyers while suggesting that the buyers had nothing to do with politics. The White House also claimed that the buyers’ identities were known only to the gallery and not Hunter.
However, Hunter once claimed he could arrange to have friends seated on Naftali’s commission. Eric Schwerin, one of Hunter’s longtime business partners, was appointed to Naftali’s post in 2015. An email from Hunter’s laptop from hell showed that the first son lobbied for his friend to get the position.
“Eric asked me for one of these the day after the election in 2008,” Hunter wrote to a cousin who asked for a similar appointment for her mother.
It’s unclear if Naftali bought the artwork before or after her appointment. Bruce Weinstein, a professional ethicist and ethics trainer, explained there would be no issue if she liked the painting and bought it after her appointment.
“It’s more of an issue if she’s deciding to buy it beforehand,” Weinstein said. “Then it might be perceived as a quid pro quo. If you really wanted to choose the most ethically appropriate course of action that would not involve any conflict of interest, real or perceived, then you don’t buy the painting.