U.S. Government is Cracking Down on Liberal Universities’ Foreign Money Problem, Claiming ‘Academic Espionage’

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-02-19/harvard-yale-other-elite-schools-have-a-foreign-money-problem

Many of our nation’s top liberal universities are mired in foreign money, posing a significant security threat within the United States. Now the Republican administration is cracking down.

Recently the federal government challenged Harvard University about money it received from foreign governments such as Iran, Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia … money they received but never reported by law. And, it is not alone; Yale University received a similar letter. An expose’ by the Wall Street Journal found that of the 100 Texas A& M professors received foreign monies from China, yet only 5 reported the funding to the federal government.

Point of fact, the Education Department’s requirements for higher education to disclose foreign funding have been around for decades, but the law was not enforced. As a result, many liberal universities have become sloppy and negligent, hiding their dirty little money secrets and disregarding the notion of their own accountability.

Now the law is coming down hard on them, as reports of “academic espionage” have begun circulating throughout the government and within the media. The Republican administration is not interested in protecting liberal higher education. The U.S. Department of Education is cracking down on liberal universities, describing them as “multibillion dollar, multinational enterprises using opaque foundations, foreign campuses and other sophisticated legal structures to generate revenue.”

Expect more scandals to emerge with continued exposure of higher ed’s acquisition of foreign monies. Certainly tax preferences given to state-run universities will come under question, as these foreign operations will likely prove unpopular and make Democrats politically vulnerable.

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