WSJ: Chinese Nationals With Gov’t Ties Have Funneled Cash To Trump Campaign
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Chinese nationals with government ties dating back to 2017, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- The report states that donations started flowing so donors could attend fundraisers and meet with top GOP officials.
- The Journal’s Brian Spegele wrote:
“Several of those involved worked closely with China’s national-security apparatus, including organizations linked to its military, and briefed prominent Chinese political figures about their effort. As guests of a Republican official named Shawn Steel, Chinese nationals, including a man working for China’s central government, attended an invitation-only gathering in May 2017 where GOP leaders discussed campaign strategies and other issues.”
- According to Spegele, “Most of the political donations identified by the Journal flowed to a fundraising committee called Trump Victory in the first half of the Trump presidency. The donations were among the largest of 2017, as the young administration was planning its China policy. The money accounts for just a fraction of the more than $190 million the committee has raised since Mr. Trump took office.”
- The report also disclosed that the Republican National Committee instructed Steel to cut ties after being informed by the Journal about the foreign involvement. The RNC said in a statement:
“It’s important to do all we can to safeguard our politics from illegal foreign meddling.”
- The report identifies the pro-Trump organizer David Tian Wang, who founded the organization Chinese Americans for Trump, as the point person for the donations. It was reported in the article:
“The Chinese consulate asked for Mr. Wang’s help in lobbying on China issues during the Trump administration, said Lance Chen, a former member of Mr. Wang’s political group. Mr. Chen said Mr. Wang tried to recruit him for the lobbying effort but he declined to help. Mr. Wang was soon listed as chief executive of a newly registered government-relations firm in California, Wang & Ma Government Relations LLC, state business records show. He also gave $150,000 to the Trump Victory fundraising committee, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures.”
Spegele reported that there is no evidence that Trump was aware of the donations.