by Eric Lendrum
The latest round of art shows featuring paintings and other artwork by Hunter Biden are being funded by a radical far-left billionaire with a history of political activism, according to the Daily Caller.
An exhibition of Biden’s work took place on October 1st at the Milk Studios in Los Angeles; Milk Studios is owned by billionaire businessman Moishe Mana. Mana has repeatedly donated to the Democratic Party, and was also behind several vulgar art displays with political messages behind them, including an infamous nude sculpture of President Donald Trump.
Between 2015 and 2018, Mana donated over $115,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and various Democratic candidates around the country. He was a donor and strategist on the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and co-hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in the closing weeks of the election where he auctioned off artwork to support her bid for president. One of Mana’s most infamous stunts was his public offer of $2,000,000 to a charity of then-candidate Donald Trump’s choice if he released his tax returns.
Anna Massoglia, an investigative reporter at the non-profit watchdog group Open Secrets, said that “the studio being opened by a political donor who has been involved in Democratic fundraising efforts involving art in particular and using art as a tool for other political purposes, really changes the way that this can be looked at.”
“This would not be the only time that the political donor who opened the studio has used art for activism or political purposes,” Massoglia continued. “It is also not the only time art has been used as a payment method or a way to curry favor with different politicians or to even exchange for various influence operations generally…we don’t know what other favors may be given behind the scenes and what connections are being made at these art shows.”
When the Daily Caller reached out to Mana for comment, he responded with profanity by telling the reporter, Jack Greenberg, “go f**k yourself [you] piece of sh** garbage,” and also called Greenberg “a nazi jew.” He also claimed that the Caller is owned by “a crazy bad guy,” without specifying to whom he was referring.
Hunter Biden’s foray into the world of art has raised numerous complaints of ethics violations from across the political spectrum. Democrats and Republicans alike have pointed out that the frequent selling of his work, which has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president’s son, leaves him vulnerable to political activists and donors who are seeking favors from his father’s presidency. The original art gallery in New York City that first hosted Biden’s works, the George Berges Gallery, received a federal loan of $350,000 in “COVID relief” from the Biden Administration, which was more than double the original loan it received under the Trump Administration.
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Eric Lendrum reports for American Greatness.