Golden won a Pulitzer as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in 2004 for a series on preferences for children of alumni and donors in college admissions.

He expanded that series into a critically acclaimed 2006 national bestseller, “The Price of Admission.” His book, “Spy Schools,” about foreign and domestic intelligence activities at U. universities, will be published by Henry Holt and Company in fall 2017.

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I learned that in 1998, when Jared was attending The Frisch School and starting to look at colleges, his father had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard, to be paid in annual installments of $250,000.

Charles Kushner also visited Neil Rudenstine, then Harvard president, and discussed funding a scholarship program for low- and middle-income students.

Harvard didn’t seem eager to be publicly associated with Charles Kushner.

While looking into Kushner’s taxes, though, federal authorities had subpoenaed records of his charitable giving.

At the time, Harvard accepted about one of every nine applicants.

(Nowadays, it only takes one out of twenty.)I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described him as a less than stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s decision.“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told me.“You know we don’t comment on individual applicants,” he said. Daniel Golden is a Boston-based senior editor at Pro Publica.He previously worked as managing editor for education and enterprise at Bloomberg News, where he edited a series on tax inversions that in 2015 earned Bloomberg's first-ever Pulitzer Prize.I phoned a Harvard official, with whom I was on friendly terms. Now the 35-year-old is poised to become the power behind the presidency.First I asked whether the gift played any role in Jared’s admission. What he plans to do, and in what direction he and his father-in-law will lead the country, are far more important than his high school grades.My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their under-achieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations.