New foreign influence stories

Foreign Influence

The Center for Responsive Politics published a number of new foreign influence stories using the Foreign Lobby Watch tool over the past week.

First, FEC filings showed a Chinese-owned company’s $1.3 million contributions to pro-Jeb! Bush super PAC Right to Rise—found to be illegal foreign interference resulting in the biggest FEC fine since Citizens United—wasn’t the only money the company funneled into U.S. elections.


Plus, FARA filings revealed new foreign agents cleaning the reputation of a fugitive Malaysian financier in the billion-dollar 1MDB scandal tied to Trump’s campaign, Paris Hilton, a Trump Organization ethics advisor, Chris Christie, Marc Kasowitz, Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.

Then, foreign agents of embattled Chinese telecom giant Huawei registered under FARA for the first time as part of their multi-part litigation, lobbying and public relations strategy.

Check them out on OpenSecrets:

Chinese-owned company that gave illegal $1.3 million to Jeb Bush super PAC also gave to pro-Clinton groups

Fugitive Malaysian financier in multibillion-dollar scandal building army of foreign agents in the U.S.

US firms register as foreign agents of embattled Chinese telecom giant Huawei

Following Citizens United, foreign-owned corporations funnel millions into US elections

Bonus:

New FARA Disclosures

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence

Despite the government shutdown dragging on, the Justice Department has released some of the recent disclosures made in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) — and the Center for Responsive Politics dug right in.

Check out our new posts on OpenSecrets:

Former Senator Vitter among foreign agents paid to ease sanctions on Russian oligarch’s firm
Ex-Congressman McKeon doubles down on Saudi Arabia lobbying efforts

Joe Lieberman formally registers as lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence

LDA disclosures show former Senator Joe Joe Lieberman has registered as a lobbyist for China’s controversial telecom giant, ZTE, but claims he’s not really lobbying and its close Chinese government ties raise questions about FARA foreign agent rules. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Joe Lieberman formally registers as lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE

Inside the controversial operation that allegedly tricked veterans into lobbying for Saudi Arabia

Foreign Influence

NRA leader David Keene, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative Paul Erickson have a long history as foreign agents lobbying together over a decade before alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Inside the controversial operation that allegedly tricked veterans into lobbying for Saudi Arabia

NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history as foreign agents lobbying together

Foreign Influence, Uncategorized

NRA leader David Keene, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative Paul Erickson have a long history as foreign agents lobbying together over a decade before alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history as foreign agents lobbying together

Bonus: Here’s a Twitter thread including a nugget about televangelist Pat Robertson that didn’t make it into the post:

Saudi foreign agents’ political donations top $1.6 million in 2018 elections

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence

New research for the Center for Responsive politics on how political donations made by foreign agents hired to act on behalf of Saudi Arabian interests have exceeded $1.6 million in the 2018 election cycle. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Saudi foreign agents’ political donations top $1.6 million in 2018 elections

Chinese media outlet Trump cited as “propaganda” spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017

Foreign Influence, Law, Policy

My latest article at the Center for Responsive politics is about China Daily—the Chinese state-run media outlet Trump tweeted about running “propaganda ads” disguised as news in American newspapers—is a registered foreign agent under FARA that spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Chinese media outlet Trump cited as “propaganda” spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017