According to a Fox News Digital review of the campaign finance records of lawmakers, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), along with two other Democrats and one Republican, sent thousands of dollars to a Chinese foreign agent.
Along with Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Kevin Mullin (D-CA.), and Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) have also spent campaign dollars on Sing Tao U.S. for advertising.
Sing Tao U.S. is a subsidiary of Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd, a Hong Kong-based media company.
Pushing cash to Sing Tao U.S. means the lawmakers have sent cash to a Chinese-owned company that, in August 2021, the Department of Justice forced to register as a Chinese foreign agent amid tensions between Washington, D.C., and Beijing.
The most damning claim in the Fox News report is that all lawmakers who paid Sing Tao U.S. did so after the Department of Justice declared that it constituted foreign political activity.
Ocasio-Cortez spent nearly $1,500 on campaign ads with Sing Tao newspapers during the midterm election cycle.
Reps. Malliotakis, Meng, and Mullin spent between $1,000 and $7,000 on Sing Tao entities after the company had to register as a foreign entity.
Sing Tao U.S. has several media companies under its umbrella, including Chinese language publications in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, in addition to a Chinese language radio station in Burlingame, California.
Reporting by Axios explains that the U.S. subsidiary of Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd. is pro-Beijing, receiving nearly half of its content from Star Production (Shenzhen) Limited, a Chinese Communist Party-influenced corporation.