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Vulnerable Senate Democrats take thousands of dollars from lobbyist for CCP-linked firm being investigated by Biden administrator


FIRST ON FOX: Several vulnerable Democratic Senate candidates recently received thousands of dollars in donations from a registered lobbyist for Huawei, a Chinese technology company accused of trying to steal US trade secrets.

According to OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that tracks U.S. political spending, Thomas Green, senior counsel at multinational law firm Sidley Austin, has lobbied solely for Huawei for the past four years and contributed almost exclusively to democrats.

Green, who also represented former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert in his 2015 sex abuse case, contributed to at least half a dozen vulnerable Democratic Senate candidates in September, Election Commission records show. federal.

Re-election campaign Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., who is running to retain her seat against former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, received $1,000 from Green on Sept. 26.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto speaks during the Nevada Democratic Party Election Results Watch Party at Caesars Palace on November 6, 2018 in Las Vegas.
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The campaign of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who is running for the Senate against Republican Rep. Ted Budd, received $1,000 from Green on Sept. 25.

Rep. Tim Ryan’s campaign, which is running for the Senate against Republican JD Vance in Ohio, received $1,500 from Green on Sept. 25.

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes’ campaign, which is running for the Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson, received $1,000 from Green on Sept. 25.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats take thousands of dollars from lobbyist for CCP-linked firm being investigated by Biden administrator

Senate candidate Mandela Barnes speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Aris Sports Bar on October 12, 2022 in West Allis, Wisconsin.
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The re-election campaign of Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is running to retain his seat against Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia, received $2,000 from Green on Sept. 25.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s campaign, which is running for the Senate against Republican Mehmet Oz, received $1,500 from Green on Sept. 25.

None of the six campaigns responded to inquiries from Fox News Digital about whether they intended to keep Green’s donations. Green also did not respond to an inquiry.

National Review reported last summer that Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, also took $2,000 from Green.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats take thousands of dollars from lobbyist for CCP-linked firm being investigated by Biden administrator

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman participates in a debate with his GOP challenger, Dr. Mehmet Oz, October 25, 2022, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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In February 2020, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced charges against Huawei, which has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party, for alleged conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. technology companies. Last week, the Justice Department announced charges against several Chinese intelligence agents who allegedly tried to interfere with the case.

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In June 2020, Huawei was banned from building communications infrastructure in the United States with federal subsidies after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared the company a threat to national security. At the Copenhagen Democracy Summit that same month, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Huawei, saying, “Everyone in this room knows that the Chinese Communist Party is forcing nations to make dealings with Huawei, a state surveillance arm of the CCP. And it blatantly attacks European sovereignty by buying up ports and critical infrastructure, from Piraeus to Valencia.”

“Every investment by a Chinese state-owned company should be viewed with suspicion,” he added.

In July this year, the White House announced a second investigation into Huawei over concerns it was transmitting data from US-based cellphone towers to China.


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