Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a few other federal legislators, including two Democrats and one Republican, reportedly paid thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to a Chinese foreign agent.
Reps. Kevin Mullin (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY), and Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) joined Ocasio Cortez in channeling campaign funds to Sing Tao U.S., a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd, for advertising costs during the midterm election season.
Those campaigns funneled funds to a Chinese-owned firm that the DOJ ordered to register as a Chinese foreign agent in August 2021.
The campaigns had all disbursed their funds to the corporation after the DOJ found that Sing Tao U.S. constituted foreign political activity.
Chinese language magazines in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are part of Sing Tao’s US activities.
During the midterm election season, Ocasio-team Cortez’s spent over $1,500 on ads with Sing Tao Newspapers after registering as a foreign agent.
As part of their campaign advertising costs, Reps. Mullin, Meng, and Malliotakis paid between $1,000 and $7,000 to various Sing Tao organizations.
The numbers come from official reports filed by the campaigns with the Federal Election Commission.