Dr. Anthony Fauci has been cashing in on around twenty-three “secret” royalty payments, sent to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical “research.”
While the exact amount of money given to Dr. Fauci is still unknown, due to the NIH refusing to release that information (of course) – there has been more than $350 million accepted by Fauci and others from third parties between 2010 and 2020.
“Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Dr. Anthony Fauci’s employer – doled out $30 billion in government grants to roughly 56,000 recipients,” wrote Adam Andrzejewski in an article for The Defender.
Open the Books, Andrzejewski’s non-profit group ousted the scheme that has been operating for over ten years.
“That largess of taxpayer money buys a lot of favor and clout within the scientific, research and healthcare industries.”
“However, in our breaking investigation, we found hundreds of millions of dollars in payments also flow the other way. These are royalty payments from third-party payers (think pharmaceutical companies) back to the NIH and individual NIH scientists.”
Because this an obvious conflict of interest, disclosure and transparency are necessary, however, the NIH are refusing to provide any information regarding the payments.
There have been more than 22,100 royalty payments, topping a whopping $134 million, paid to the agency and the 1,700 scientists employed there between 2009 and 2014.
Open the Books filed a lawsuit against the NIH, to gather evidence that royalties were actually paid at all, and they are currently trying to figure out how much cash Fauci got.
“The agency admits to holding 3,000 pages of line-by-line royalties since 2009,” Andrzejewski writes. “So far, they’ve produced only 1,200 pages. The next 1,800 pages of production will cover the period 2015 – 2020.”
“However, what NIH has produced to date gives us insight into the undisclosed royalty largess. For example, only nine hundred scientists were estimated to be receiving royalties, so now we know the universe is much larger.”
The documents that were provided to the group from the NIH were all heavily redacted, so the details about the payments are still unknown.
Andrzejewski said this was “gatekeeping at odds with the spirit and perhaps the letter of open-records laws.”
It is no secret that Fauci is the highest paid federal bureaucrat, a salary that tops even the President at $456,028.
Former head of the NIH Francis Collins received a salary of $203,500 annually and received at least fourteen royalty payments and
Fauci’s deputy at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – Clifford Lane – banks around $325,287 per year and has been given at least eight royalty payments.
Francis Collins, the former head of the NIH, receives an annual salary of $203,500. We know from the documents that Collins also received fourteen royalty payments.
The NIH is using taxpayer money to cover up where these royalties come from and to whom it is given.
The NIH continues to deny the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law by refusing to disclose information about the payments – which should be given to those requesting it, since the taxpayers are funding their salaries.
What does Fauci have to hide, exactly?