This is interesting.
According to reports from Fox News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign has been directing campaign funds to a Chinese foreign agent. The campaign’s filings indicate that on May 25, her committee paid $442 to Sing Tao Newspapers for print advertisements.
While this may seem like a small expense, it stands out as the only campaign to place ads in the paper during the second quarter. Moreover, prior to this, the campaign had sent $5,000 to the same company for similar purposes.
It’s important to note that Sing Tao U.S. is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd., which President Joe Biden’s Justice Department required to register as a Chinese foreign agent in August 2021, amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.
Sing Tao’s operations in the United States include Chinese language publications in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as a radio station in Burlingame, California. It has been reported that the paper is considered pro-Beijing and receives more than half of its content from the Chinese company Star Production (Shenzhen) Limited.
While Sing Tao U.S. claims to be free from Chinese Communist Party influence, it’s essential to consider that China’s government maintains one of the most restrictive media environments globally, controlling information through censorship in the news, online, and on social media, as noted by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Chinese government has a history of blocking media access to its citizens, monitoring and suppressing publications, and imprisoning dissident journalists as part of its media control operations.