According to media reports, DC players are more comfortable than ever letting the world know that they are for sale and open to using the resources that American taxpayers have entrusted them with to boldly lobby for jobs as foreign agents.
Editor’s Note: This article contains some of the author’s brazen opinions- here is a hint about why DC is at war with President Trump, who wanted to reign in foreign agents.
Headlines are full of stories about the -now- out in open evidence that Hunter Biden and his family were working as hired foreign agents to influence our government with the access they had been given to the US Government:
And it is not just a luxury job for Hunter Biden. Apparently, many people in DC are in on the side hustle to sell themselves.
And that is happening while they are serving as public servants, getting paid to represent the concerns and needs of their constituents – the American people.
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It has long been a frustration to the politically savvy people who are watching politics- to see that US House and US Senate members do not always do what the people they represent want. It has seemed for years that many of them, including some Republicans like US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who taunted Americans that his loyalty really belonged to another country- as he used his position to fulfill the desires of other countries while Speaker of the House.
And now suspicions that political players get jobs in DC to sell to the highest bidder- are being exposed as TRUE.
Here are the details, according to the Washington Examiner, which did an investigation and reported recently on the details they found:
Congress has paid major campaign cash to score ads in Chinese foreign agent newspaper
Campaigns for eight Democratic and Republican politicians have paid over $41,500 combined between 2011 and 2023 for advertisements in Sing Tao U.S., according to campaign finance disclosures reviewed by the Washington Examiner. The newspaper is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation and reported itself as a foreign agent in 2021 that is involved in “political activity,” DOJ filings under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show.
The decadelong cash transfers underscore how entities in China have amassed influence in the United States, which in recent years has stepped up its scrutiny of foreign media and required the companies to submit foreign agent reports. Sing Tao U.S., which has operated in New York and California and has a Hong Kong affiliate called Sing Tao Daily that is the city’s oldest Chinese language newspaper, reported in August 2021 to the DOJ that over half of its content has been purchased by the Chinese-based Star Production (Shenzhen) Limited.
China’s government has one of the “world’s most restrictive media environments, relying on censorship to control information in the news, online, and on social media,” according to the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank. Sing Tao Daily has long been held to be a pro-Beijing outlet and reportedly maintained leaders on China’s National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
One lawmaker tied to Sing Tao is Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), whose campaign paid it over $2,800 between 2011 and 2015 for “newspaper advertising,” according to disclosures. Eshoo claimed to the Washington Examiner the payments “may not have been listed correctly” on the Federal Election Commission website and that her lawyers are “looking into it.”
“It’s a large law firm, and so they designate someone to work with us. They think those amounts are correct. And they are listed as newspaper advertisements, but they may be more accurate to be listed as a nonfederal committee,” Eshoo said, later adding the payments were “for ads” though may have for some reason gone through the San Mateo, California, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.
The congresswoman and her campaign also said the 2011 to 2015 filings aren’t the only Sing Tao-related payments.
Tamara Fagin, campaign manager for Eshoo, said the committee used funds in 2020 and 2022 to pay the San Mateo API Caucus, which placed ads in Sing Tao, Philippine News, the news agency of the Government of the Philippines, and World Journal, a Chinese language newspaper in the U.S. that has been alleged to have ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
The Washington Examiner could not confirm with the campaign which specific payments in the FEC database it was referring to in 2020 and 2022. However, the campaign did send $450 in July 2022 to the caucus for a “newspaper ad,” which Fagin initially said corresponded to one Sing Tao-linked payment before saying her email records contrarily indicated a $300 payment, according to filings.