Chinese Working to Influence November Election

2020 April 20
by bc3b

For two years Russia, Russia, Russia was all CNN and the rest of the leftist media cared about. Robert Mueller wasted two years and about $35-million conducting an investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election and came up blank.

Yet when bundlers contributed millions  to the Clinton and Obama campaigns from Communist China and other foreigners, it went unnoticed (other than the conservative blogosphere). Little is being reported (outside of conservative blogs) about the possibility of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic originating in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

Now it appears the Chinese are funneling money into a PAC that will support the candidacy of Joe Biden, who has long been pro-China.

A prominent Democratic group poised to spend millions backing former vice president Joe Biden received $100,000 in the form of stock shares in the Chinese technology giant Baidu from an anonymous donor. Baidu, like many Chinese technology companies, is closely affiliated with China’s ruling Communist Party.

American Bridge, an opposition research group founded by liberal operative David Brock, reported the receipt of the 450 shares in late 2018, a gift that was disclosed in its latest tax filings. The multinational internet services company acts as China’s Google and operates under a degree of state party control. The gift was valued at $101,037, according to the organization’s Form 990. It is unclear whether the group sold the stock or opted to retain it in the hope share prices would rise.

American Bridge did not respond to a request for comment.

Brock’s group is preparing to spend at least $50 million against Trump. The nonprofit’s sister group, the American Bridge PAC, recently partnered with the pro-Biden super PAC to form a $175 million joint venture. The PAC has already poured seven figures into the 2020 elections.

But this six-figure gift to American Bridge is raising concern among experts who argue that Baidu is beholden to China’s communist regime to a greater extent than other Chinese companies. An American political group profiting from such a company could pose problems at a time when tensions between the United States and China are high, particularly in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The party calls, you act, or you risk disappearing,” said Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who focuses on the Chinese economy. “Further, Baidu is under a greater degree of party control than the average Chinese private firm because Baidu’s business is basically dissemination of information.”

“Moreover, holding Baidu stock automatically involves a bit of rooting for China,” Scissors said. “Baidu is a prominent firm that attracts more interest when China is seen to be thriving. A strong American economy is generally considered good for Google. Same thing.”

Although the U.S. financial sector has money tied up in Chinese firms like Baidu, Scissors said political groups themselves should not directly accept Baidu stocks as gifts. He said that American Bridge should immediately sell its shares of the Chinese tech giant if it has not already done so.

Founded in 2000, Baidu became a tech powerhouse in China with support from the country’s government. Robin Li, the company’s cofounder and current CEO, is a delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the government’s top political advisory body.

Baidu provides internet services in China similar to those that Google and Yahoo provide in the United States. The company is heavily censored and “gives priority to advertising rather than relevant search results,” according to a 2006 New York Times report.

The Chinese search engine has manipulated searches to hide the communist affiliations of powerful individuals in the country. In 2018, Reuters reported that searching “Is Jack Ma a Communist Party member?” on the Baidu search engine turned up results saying he was not. Ma, a prominent Chinese politician and the cofounder of the Alibaba Group, China’s biggest online retail company, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party.

Former U.S. officials have warned of tech companies like Baidu that have connections to the Communist regime. “Whether de facto or de jure, such giants can in some important respects or for some purposes act as arms of the state—or, more precisely, the Chinese Communist Party, to which the Chinese state apparatus is itself subordinate,” Christopher Ford, the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, has said.

“There is no major Chinese company, whether officially state-owned or publicly traded that does not take direction at a fundamental level from the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing,” a senior Trump administration official told the Free Beacon.

American Bridge has been a top political group on the left for years. Its nonprofit arm, which hides its funders, reported receiving $8.2 million in contributions and grants on its 2018 tax forms, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. Its funds were primarily gathered from 29 anonymous six-figure donations. In addition to the Baidu stock, it also reported noncash gifts of Sonic Corporation stocks valued at $74,349 and publicly traded stock valued at $743,558.

While American Bridge’s nonprofit hides its donors, the group’s super PAC is required to disclose its funders. The PAC has so far raised $23 million for the 2020 elections, including $2 million from billionaire financier George Soros. The nonprofit arm has passed $4.3 million to its PAC this cycle.

The PAC has spent at least $6.3 million on attack ads slamming Trump’s response to coronavirus in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It also recently announced that it will partner with pro-Biden super PAC Unite the Country to form a $175 million effort against Trump. The groups will collaborate on research, polling, and ad buys. Unite the Country’s founders also established Future Majority, a Democratic dark money strategy center that plans to spend $60 million on the 2020 elections.

Confidential documents obtained by the Free Beacon in early 2017 showed that American Bridge planned to cement itself “as the standard bearer of opposition research” by being at the “epicenter of Democrats’ work to regain power.”

“With 20,000 hours of video, 289 candidate research books, and the largest available archive of Trump research in the Democratic Party, we are uniquely prepared to take on the Trump administration, defeat Republicans who enable it, and rebuild progressive power in the states,” Brock’s memo states.

Hat tip: Washington Free Beacon

57 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 April 20 11:18 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  2. 2020 April 20 11:19 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  3. 2020 April 20 11:21 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  4. 2020 April 20 11:22 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  5. 2020 April 20 11:24 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

    There’s some bonus payment for medical claims coded for WuFlu.
    We’ll never know how many died, not accurately.

  6. 2020 April 20 11:25 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  7. 2020 April 20 11:27 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

  8. 2020 April 20 11:29 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal from previous thread:

    It’s starting to sink in that the death rate here in CA is not 5% … not 2%, no it’s more like 1/10th of 1 percent.
    I think what they’re talking about is a new study out of LA saying that anywhere from 200K to 400K Angelenos already had WuFlu and got over it.

    Here’s where the reporters call it a “hoax”, the audio is not perfectly distinct

    From a poster on AR15, the conversation.
    Guy 1 comes out and says to Guy 2: “You can take off the mask Doug, the case fatality rate is like .1 to .3 according to…” “Is it really? That’s reassuring. Everybody here has been vaccinated anyway.”

    edit: And then they talk about how possibly 400k people in CA had it and didn’t know. Guy 3 in background: “So the fatality rate is like.. a tenth of.. what it seems to be.” Guy 4: “So it was a hoax! haha!”

  9. 2020 April 20 11:30 pm
    bc3b permalink

  10. 2020 April 20 11:41 pm
    bc3b permalink

    As the thread states, Communist China has been supporting Democratic presidential campaigns (undermining US elections) since Bill Clinton and this has been totally ignored by the media.

  11. 2020 April 20 11:43 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Trump Campaign Web Ad Hits Pelosi For Snacking While People Lose Jobs: “Let Them Eat Ice Cream”

    As the video blogger states, this ad targets every negative stereotype about elitists: a $24,000 Sub Zero freezer and $13/pint ice cream. Hey Nancy: Kroger has Edy’s ice cream on sale this week: $2.99 for 48 ounces (3 pints). So $39 of Pelosi’s designer ice cream = $2.99 of Kroger sale ice cream this week.

    It was incredibly stupid for Pelosi to go on the Late, Late Show.

  12. 2020 April 20 11:46 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “Gretch the Wretch” sets up task force to investigate coronavirus racial disparity:

    Think she’ll set one up to investigate racial disparity in murders?

  13. 2020 April 21 5:22 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Let us hope that MI residents having seen the devil in action dump her in the next election.

  14. 2020 April 21 5:44 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “President Trump: ‘I Will be Signing an Executive Order to Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the United States!’” — LD lede

    Presuming this is true I have an issue with it, even if I applaud the intent. Laws are supposed to trump (excuse the pun) EOs but lesser than Amendments. Proper approach would be to have Congress approve a temporary suspension of the immigration numbers. There is a whole section of US Code, Title 8. Course we know Piggy would fight such a move.

    Expect a legal battle to ensue.

  15. 2020 April 21 5:54 am
    drdog09 permalink

    As to OP,

    Clintons have been doing this since before they got to the White House. Not surprised at all.

  16. 2020 April 21 5:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

    One for Eph….

  17. 2020 April 21 6:19 am
    justrand permalink

  18. 2020 April 21 6:27 am
    drdog09 permalink

  19. 2020 April 21 6:30 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Man, that is one advert that goes for the throat.

  20. 2020 April 21 7:11 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    bc, nice of you to bring straggling comments forward. But also OK to put a note “There’s a few cool last minute comments in the previous thread” LOL

    Wow that photo essay of For Lease shops on University Ave in Pablo Alto is sobering.
    I’ve walked that street any number of times.
    Thank goodness a few brave Red states are trying to right the ship.

  21. 2020 April 21 7:21 am
    drdog09 permalink

    This one is for you IP.

  22. 2020 April 21 7:26 am
    bc3b permalink

    The devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic on hospitals:

    Beaumont operates 5-6 major hospitals in the Detroit area. It is known for its excellence; it’s the hospital I go to. Hospitals have been prohibited from performing profitable elective surgeries and saddled with unprofitable coronavirus costs.

  23. 2020 April 21 7:34 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #17 –

    The Jeni’s gourmet ice cream in Pelosi’s freezer sells for $13 a pint (not a quart or gallon, but a pint).

    As I said in the previous post, Kroger has 48 ounces of Edy’s ice cream on sale this week for $2.99. 48 ounces = 3 pints. So Jeni’s is 13 times more expensive than Edy’s (hardly a store brand) at Kroger this week.

    Appearing on the Late, Late Show was an incredibly stupid move. In addition to demonstrating how out of touch she is with the plight of average Americans, Pelosi comes across as a giddy 6th grade girl.

  24. 2020 April 21 7:36 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #13 –

    Unfortunately, Michigan voters are normally incredibly dumb. They re-elected Jennifer Granholm after she crashed the state’s economy.

  25. 2020 April 21 7:42 am
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #20 –

    One bad thing about our format (as opposed to Hot Air and, etc.) is that once a new thread is posted, everything previously becomes, in effect, lost. While it’s still available, people hardly ever go back to previous threads.

  26. 2020 April 21 8:06 am

    Post 21

    The trumpster found a chink in her armor.

  27. 2020 April 21 9:17 am
    bc3b permalink

  28. 2020 April 21 10:01 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    bc, 22, my sister still lives in Sterling Hts and used to work at one of the Beaumont hospitals.
    She said it’s gotten to be a much more stressed place in the last few years. I can only imagine what the WuFlu has added to that.

    re: People not going back to prev threads, hey it’s America! Their choice LOL
    But yeah, you’re welcome to copy old comments forward. Very thoughtful of you

  29. 2020 April 21 10:03 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Can’t argue.
    Imagine that Georgia and North Carolina — two contiguous states that, like the New York metro area, have a combined total of 21 million people — had 18,690 COVID-19 deaths, while metro New York had 858 deaths (the number of deaths in North Carolina and Georgia combined).

    Do you think the New York metro area would close its schools, stores, restaurants and small businesses? Would every citizen of the New York area, with the few exceptions of those engaged in absolutely necessary work, be locked in their homes for months? Would New Yorkers accept the decimation of their economic and social lives because North Carolina and Georgia (or, even more absurdly, Colorado, Montana or the rest of what most New Yorkers regard as “flyover” country) had 18,960 deaths, while they had a mere 858?

  30. 2020 April 21 10:28 am
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #30 –

    New York State, New Jersey and Michigan have 12% of the nation’s population and 60% of its coronavirus deaths.

  31. 2020 April 21 10:40 am
    Eph permalink

    30 Jim,

    Amazing that far left RCP would even run that piece. Give them credit… for now.

  32. 2020 April 21 11:01 am
    drdog09 permalink

    IP, 26,

    I saw what you did there. Well played.

  33. 2020 April 21 11:09 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Jim, 30,

    But of course they would not care. You get 10mi up the Hudson River and most of those NYC types think they are in a different state. Which for all intents is probably true at a social level. Typical of course. Upstate New York had the resources in the hospitals to cover their ass, they were prepped. The townies not so much. Its why Cuomo sent troopers to purloin the assets. Sort of reminds me of JR’s post on the 19th.

  34. 2020 April 21 12:55 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #34 and JimNorCal #34 –

    People in upstate New York are complaining that all Andrew Cuomo’s decisions are focused on New York City.

  35. 2020 April 21 1:48 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    And here in CA all decisions focus on LA with an occasional civil nod to SF, Sac’to and Silicon Valley.

  36. 2020 April 21 2:06 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Something you’ll not likely see on CNN: Second night of Muslim rioting in Paris:

  37. 2020 April 21 2:14 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Whitmer sprints into the lead in the Worst Governor Derby with letter to healthcare workers, accusing them of possible racism:

  38. 2020 April 21 2:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Rightfully so too. NY upstaters are always getting the shaft. The only votes that count in NY state is NYC, Albany, Buffalo. Anybody else can go pound sand as far as the Pols are concerned.

  39. 2020 April 21 2:43 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Hey Half Whit-mer, you provided your own answer — ” … For example, African Americans have higher rates of asthma and diabetes compared to Caucasians, two conditions that have been associated with greater risk of becoming severely ill if infected with COVID-19.v”

    Ya think?

  40. 2020 April 21 3:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Welcome back Eph –

    You missed Sunday’s thread. You should really check it out.

  41. 2020 April 21 3:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “It was a hoax?” — — Yep, and you were front and center peddling it.

  42. 2020 April 21 4:45 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Eph, you were surprised that RCP ran such an article.

    I just checked because you’re right. It’s out of character for them!
    So … it turns out to be a guest article. Who is the author?
    “By Dennis Prager”

    You may have heard of Prager U. on YouTube LOL

  43. 2020 April 21 6:16 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Gather the kids around — — Probably one of the better civic lessons on 1st Amend protections. Approx 31mins.

    Another set of local tyrants self identify.

  44. 2020 April 21 6:44 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “Gretch the Wretch” forced to withdraw coronavirus contract from far-left supplier that works for Democratic and progressive causes. This is a company with which she has has prior association and it was a no-bid contract:

  45. 2020 April 21 8:25 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Interesting 20 min podcast about voter fraud in the recent CA primary.

    EIPC (Election Integrity Project-CA) members on the show with host J. Christian Adams

  46. 2020 April 21 8:53 pm
    JimNorCal permalink


    “2020 in a nutshell:
    A roll of toilet paper is now worth more than a barrel of oil.”

  47. 2020 April 22 8:47 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Indeed. 🙂

  48. 2020 April 22 8:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    This is apparently what the Juronos are using….

  49. 2020 April 22 8:58 am
    bc3b permalink

    Even the NY Times admits the Chi Coms have operatives in the US attempting to sow discord via social media:

    So, where’s the outrage?

  50. 2020 April 22 9:00 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Mock them — — it’s the most they deserve.

    Snitch lines were early tools of the Nazis and NKVD.

  51. 2020 April 22 9:03 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting…. SO just asked when the second American revolution starts?

  52. 2020 April 22 12:19 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    A bit of humor …

    Woman’s Breast Implant Saved Her Life by Deflecting a Bullet, Case Study Shows.
    (Link to the story)
    Boobs. Is there anything they can’t do?

    (Happened in Canada)

  53. 2020 April 22 12:24 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    A lady originally from Eastern Europe or Russia (just said she lived under communism, not specifically where) posted this interesting thought on our local NextDoor. I’ve never heard of this BCG stuff.

    “There are some interesting facts regarding German cases. There is a vaccine against tuberculosis called BCG that was widely used in Eastern block countries including East Germany. This vaccine apparently gives a huge boost to the immune system. It is administered to babies a few days after birth and then given as booster shots at 12 and 16 years old. Full disclosure I had one myself 🙂
    In fact there was an article comparing East Germany which had a much lower case count than West Germany.
    Another interesting example is comparing Spain and Portugal, the latter one has had this immunization and as the result has few cases comparing to its neighbor Spain.
    Also it could explain a relatively small number of cases in densely populated India.
    Germany is now doing a study on this”

  54. 2020 April 22 1:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Explain how you put a N95 mask on a cat? (pics required) — — Oh and I need a scratch count once completed.

  55. 2020 April 22 1:51 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A Harvaaard twofer —

    * — Returning ECB funds.

    * — But of course.

    Harvard, and its grads, ride on reputation, but their product, graduates, sucks. I dealt with 2 of them back in the day and they quit when I told them to pull cables. After that episode I never looked at a resume from a harvard grad ever again.

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