AOC & 3 members of Congress paid US-based Hong Kong paper to help with their Reelections
- AOC and three other House members paid thousands to Chinese foreign agent newspaper
- The money was spent as part of their 2022 reelection campaign advertising
- Sing Tao U.S. newspapers were forced by the DOJ in August 2021 to register as a Chinese foreign agent
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and at least three other House members paid thousands in advertising costs to a Chinese newspaper classified by the Justice Department as a foreign agent.
It comes as tensions are reaching all-time-highs between Washington and Beijing as the new GOP-controlled House zeros-in on addressing competition and the rising threat from China.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign for reelection in her New York district spent nearly $1,500 on advertising with Sing Tao Newspapers during the 2022 midterms, a Fox News Digital review of campaign finance records reveals.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) and Kevin Mullin (D-Calif.) also dropped between $1,000 and $7,000 to various Sing Tao entities in reelection campaign advertising expenses.
Sing Tao U.S. is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd.
The newspaper is considered pro-Beijing.
The four U.S. campaigns spent advertising expenses at this Chinese-owned entity after the Department of Justice (DOJ) forced it to register as a Chinese foreign agent in August 2021.
China has increasingly come onto the U.S. radar as a main adversary, specifically in terms of competition and global defenses.
Beijing is growing more ire toward Washington with politicians’ acknowledging the autonomy of the island nation of Taiwan, which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long claimed as their territory.
To counter these U.S. claims, China has ramped up its military drills and operations in the South China Sea near the island.
More than half of the content of Sing Tao’s U.S. operation is purchased from another Chinese company, Star Production (Shenzhen) Limited, according to Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings.
Sing Tao’s parent company operates the oldest Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong and in June 2021 a majority stake was purchased by the daughter of a wealthy mainland China property developer, Axios previously reported.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y. (left), Rep. Kevin Mullin, D-Calif. (center) and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y. (right) also doled out between $1,000 and $7,000 in advertising for their 2022 campaigns to the Chinese foreign agents newspaper subsidiaries
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