Long-time Democratic kingmaker David Brocks American Bridge 21st Century Foundation accepted an anonymous donors gift of stock in a Chinese internet firm valued at more than $100,000.
The stock was in Baidu, a big Chinese tech firm closely tied to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that provides internet services. Baidu was founded by Robin Li, who is an influential delegate to the CCPs Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the story.
Baidu is part of a recently formed Chinese government group of tech firms devoted to advancing Chinas growing activity in developing blockchain digital security technologies, according to Benzinga.
A spokesman for American Bridge didnt respond to The Epoch Times telephone request for comment.
American Bridge describes itself on its website as seeking “to shine a light on the moneyed special interests behind the conservative agenda” and to providing what it calls “rapid-response communications” designed “to dismantle false attacks on progressive policies.”
The group is the 501(C)(4) advocacy arm of Brocks American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC, which describes itself as “the opposition research engine of the Democratic Party,” and is a cog in the immense left-wing attack machine created by Brock that also includes Media Matters for America.
The super PAC group states on its website: “In 2019 and 2020, American Bridge will be laser-focused on taking back all facets of our government. That means flipping state legislatures, protecting and expanding our majority in the House, winning governors mansions, taking back the Senate, and above all else, removing Donald Trump from the White House.”
The super PAC group has raised more than $23 million to date in 2020 and has spent more than $6 million in recent months on advertisements attacking Trumps response to the CCP Virus pandemic in the U.S., according to OpenSecrets.org, which describes the group as “a single-candidate super PAC against Donald Trump.”
Brocks empire of PACs and foundations is expected to be a major player supporting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee against Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Brock groups acceptance of Baidu stock could hurt Biden, whose son, Hunter, was involved with an investment firm that received $1.2 billion from a Chinese firm shortly after he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to China in 2013.
“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,” an unidentified senior Trump administration official told the Washington Free Beacon.
Normally talkative Democratic campaign strategists declined to comment for this story when approached by The Epoch Times, but Republicans called on American Bridge to return the gift, if it has not already done so, or donate the profit if the stock was sold.
Veteran political consultant Seton Motley told The Epoch Times on April 15, “Of course Biden should repudiate Brock—and his groups, American Bridge and Media Matters. But he wont because he wont have to since Big Media wont point any of this out to him.”
Motley is the founder and president of lessgovernment.org.
Similarly, Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, told The Epoch Times he hopes “every Democrat will blast David Brocks American Bridge over their taking Chinese Communist Party money through an Internet firm intermediary Read More From Source[contf] [contfnew]