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As the Georgia Senate runoff election fast approaches, questions continue about Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff’s views on and connections to communist China.

In 2012, Ossoff used his Twitter to promote the CCP-controlled media, Xinhua News Agency, which has repeatedly denied human rights violations against the Uyghur people and spoken out against the Hong Kong democracy protests. In his tweet, Ossoff suggested people follow the propaganda outlet for information about China’s political affairs.

Esp. during 18th Party Congress, #follow @XHNews (Xinhua – Chinese state media). #ff,” he wrote. 

Ossoff’s tweet came just a few months after he left his position as a “national security aide” with top-secret clearance under Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson, a clearance level that he has repeatedly falsely claimed in campaign ads that he maintained for five years instead of five months.

Less than a year after his first pro-Chinese propaganda tweet, Ossoff shared a post detailing the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s dietary and financial cutbacks.

“‘China’s current spirit of antiextravagance’ RT @XHNews: Military emphasizes frugality with new food rules,” he wrote.

In addition to his blatant amplification of communist China’s agenda through his Twitter account, Ossoff has also come under fire for failing to disclose payments he received from the PCCW Media company and its chairman, Richard Li, who strongly opposes Hong Kong’s quest for independence, for a documentary produced by Ossoff’s company. Ossoff originally claimed it was a “paperwork error” and eventually amended his financial disclosure to include the payment. Shortly after, however, Ossoff claimed that the payment, which was reportedly about $950, wasn’t required to be disclosed because it wasn’t over the $5,000 threshold.

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It wasn’t until after the failed disclosure scandal that Ossoff expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy campaign. “Jon strongly supports Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and condemns the brutality and authoritarianism of the Chinese Communist Party,” a representative for Ossoff said, declining to answer further.

Ossoff’s shady China connections have been likened to those of California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who became politically and potentially personally involved with Chinese spy Christine Fang, who cultivated deep connections with U.S. Democratic politicians in the Bay Area for years to send political intelligence and personal information back to China’s Ministry of State Security, one of the country’s primary spying agencies.

Others have called for further transparency from Ossoff about his Chinese connections, some of which were amplified by his opponent, Republican Sen. David Perdue. Instead of condemning the CCP or its actions, Ossoff has turned the tables on Perdue, claiming that he is trying to “lie himself out of a losing campaign, especially when he is the one with deep ties to China.”

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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