Seeing red: FEC filings show AOC campaign tie to Chinese foreign agent

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly still funneling campaign cash to a Chinese newspaper that the Department of Justice classifies as a “foreign agent.”

In February, BizPac Review reported that Ocasio-Cortez and several of her colleagues — including one Republican — had during the 2022 midterms paid advertising costs to Sing Tao U.S., a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd.

The problem is that Sing Tao News was forced by the DOJ to register as a foreign agent in 2021. Yet Ocasio-Cortez and the others, including Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, continued to pay to advertise in the paper regardless.

“Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign dropped nearly $1,500 on advertisements with Sing Tao Newspapers during the midterm election cycle after it had registered as a foreign agent,” Fox News reported at the time.

Months later, Fox News has now confirmed that the Democrat congresswoman is STILL paying Sing Tao Newspapers: “The New York Democrat’s campaign paid $442 to Sing Tao Newspapers May 25 for print advertisements, according to her campaign’s records.”

More importantly, and quite tellingly, this time she’s ALONE, in that it appears none of her colleagues are still placing advertisements in the paper.

Responding to this news, right-wing critics were quick to suggest that Ocasio-Cortez is some sort of traitor:

In fairness to Ocasio-Cortez, she has been paying them, not the other way around, and so the accusation that she’s “selling out America” seems dubious.

Also, her supporters argue, many of her constituents are Chinese immigrants, and so she needs a way to directly target their communities.

Still, shelling out money to a “foreign agent” is not a good look, though she isn’t the only one linked to the sketchy paper.

The Epoch Times noted back in February that “several prominent elected officials in California [had] sent Sing Tao US video greetings during its 83rd anniversary gala in early August [2021].”

“During the banquet, multiple prominent politicians and elected officials, along with the Consul General of the San Francisco Chinese Consulate and the California governor, praised the company and staff. Sing Tao also invited a choir to sing ‘red songs,’ which promote the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” according to the outlet.

The gala can be seen below, with Gov. Gavin Newsom making his grand entrance around the 2:25 mark:

As previously reported, Sing Tao is very pro-Beijing.

“Its owners are members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a government advisory group controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. One of the owners, Charles Ho, last year defended a national security law that has been used to arrest pro-democracy journalists in Hong Kong,” the Washington Free Beacon reported in February.

It wasn’t always this way.

“Keep in mind, 30 to 40 years ago, Sing Tao newspaper was a completely different newspaper than what Sing Tao is today. During the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, Sing Tao was very much pro-democracy, supporting the student movement on Tiananmen Square, and criticizing the bloody massacre done by the Chinese communist regime in Beijing,” according to China expert Nathan Su.

As for Ocasio-Cortez, this is one of many financial scandals she’s been involved with. She last violated federal campaign finance disclosure rules in August by not filing her paperwork in time.

“Ocasio-Cortez was due to report her 2021 finances to the House Ethics Committee 11 days ago on Aug. 13. However, the public remains in the dark as to the status of Ocasio-Cortez’s finances as of Wednesday morning,” the Washington Examiner reported at the time.

“[A] spokeswoman for the New York lawmaker said Ocasio-Cortez feels no rush to file her disclosure as required by federal law because she can wait another 20 days before risking a fine,” the Examiner added.

Vivek Saxena

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