by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In September 2015, Hunter Biden art patron Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali sent Hillary Clinton $2,700, the maximum amount she could give the presidential candidate for the upcoming primary election. Just days later, an unusual source stepped forward with more Clinton money: Naftali’s 17-year-old daughter.
Naftali’s daughter—who was in high school at the time—also sent Clinton $2,700, federal disclosures reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon show. The contribution came just 10 days after Naftali was legally barred from giving Clinton more primary campaign cash. In the years that followed, Naftali’s son continued the practice, sending thousands of dollars to California congressman Mike Levin and presidential candidate Kamala Harris after Naftali contributed the legal maximum to both Democrats. Naftali’s son gave Levin $1,000 at age 16 and Harris $2,000 at age 17.
The contributions show just how far Naftali and her family have gone to curry favor with liberal politicians. Naftali’s daughter—a self-described “data engineer photographer surfer hiphop dancer big d democrat yogi”—landed a spot on Clinton’s National Finance Committee as an 18-year-old, less than one year after she sent Clinton thousands of dollars. She went on to work as a “technology consultant” for the Democratic National Committee as a college student.
But the political benefits that come with megadonor status haven’t just gone to Naftali’s daughter. President Joe Biden appointed Naftali herself to his Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in July 2022, nine months after his scandal-plagued son held his first art show. While the White House said Hunter Biden’s art patrons would remain anonymous, Business Insider on Monday identified Naftali as a patron of the first son’s work, a revelation that prompted ethics concerns. Hunter Biden has used his artwork to earn at least $1.3 million as he faces legal battles over his failure to pay federal income taxes.