Chinese lobbyists donate to Cortez Masto and Laxalt in US Senate race

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Democratic U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election campaign has received a $1,000 donation from a lobbyist for a Chinese telecommunications company that the Federal Communications Commission has deemed a national security threat, Fox News recently reportedalthough his Republican opponent Adam Laxalt has also received donations from Chinese lobbyists.

Cortez Masto received $1,000 on September 26 from Thomas Green, a lawyer who lobbied for Huawei, a Chinese multinational technology company that develops and sells telecommunications equipment and electronics, according to OpenSecrets.orga nonpartisan research group that tracks money in American politics.

Green, a senior attorney at Sidley Austin, an American multinational lobbying firm, has also donated to other Democratic candidates for several years, including $1,000 to U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen in 2018.

It is unclear if or how much Green received from Huawei as a lobbyist, as OpenSecrets watch that Huawei paid $0 to Green.

Curb Chinese influence

Cortez Masto’s campaign spokeswoman Sigalle Reshef said in a statement that Cortez Masto led efforts to limit the influence of the Chinese government by introducing the Ensuring American Leadership over International Standards Act to study the impact of Chinese government influence in setting global standards for emerging technologies. and drafting a bill to combat the “deepfakes” used by China.

In 2020, the FCC called the company a national security threat because it has “close ties to the Communist Party of China and the Chinese military apparatus,” which would require the company to cooperate with law enforcement agencies. Chinese intelligence, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. press release 2020.

“We cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure,” Pai said in the statement.

The Justice Department is also investigating Huawei and recently charged 13 people with involvement in Chinese government attempts to influence US operations, according to Forbes.

Cortez Masto’s Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt, called on her to return the donation.

“Catherine Cortez Masto’s losing campaign is being funded by a lobbyist who currently works for a company tied to the Chinese government,” Courtney Holland, Laxalt’s campaign communications director, said in a statement.

Other links with China

Reshef said in a statement that while Cortez Masto has led efforts to curb Chinese government influence, Laxalt has spoken out against bipartisan legislation to hold them accountable and boost American manufacturing, “all to protect its substantial investments. in Chinese companies that support the Chinese”. government oversight.

Laxalt opposed the Chips and Science Act supported by Cortez Masto, which invested in the production of American-made semiconductors and in scientific research and technological leadership and aimed to strengthen the economic and national security of the United States. United.

While Cortez Masto received a $1,000 donation from a lobbyist for a Chinese government, Laxalt owns between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in Chinese tech company Tencent and internet retailer Alibaba, according to its financial disclosure from may. According to the Wall Street Journal, these companies engaged in espionage, helping Chinese authorities track down suspects, silence dissent and create watch cities.

Laxalt has also received contributions from lobbyists and foreign agents for China, including $3,000 from Bryan Lanza, a lobbyist working for lobbying group Mercury, whose clients include Alibaba and Hikvision, a Chinese company. The Laxalt campaign did not return a request for comment on those donations.

Contact Jessica Hill at [email protected] Follow @jess_hillyeah on Twitter.

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