Hunter Biden Offered Access to Chinese Firm in Exchange for Investments

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This article by Alana Goodman appears today in the Washington Free Beacon. It includes comments by NLPC’s Tom Anderson.

Hunter Biden touted his family’s political clout to solicit a $5 million investment from China for his U.S.-based financial advisory firm, according to a court filing by a white-collar convict who claims he had an inside view into Biden’s murky foreign business dealings.

John Galanis, 77, argues that the younger Biden used his businesses as a “pay-to-play influence peddling operation” by offering access to influential people in Washington, D.C., in exchange for investments. Galanis, who was convicted in 2018 of defrauding investors and the Wakpamni tribal community, states in the affidavit that his son, Jason Galanis, provided him with details of Biden’s offshore deals after befriending Biden’s longtime business partner Devon Archer.

In the affidavit, Galanis says that Biden and Archer worked to secure $15 million for their financial … Read More ➡

Not Content to Censor Conservatives, Zuckerberg Now Seeks to Meddle in Election

Mark Zuckerberg

It didn’t take long after Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that free speech would reign on Facebook– and specifically that political candidates would not have their posts removed or altered ahead of the 2020 elections – for him to renege.

The company announced earlier this month it would ban any new political ads during the week leading up to the Nov. 3rd election. But Facebook has continued its censorship throughout the year, despite Zuckerberg’s declaration last fall.

And Zuckerberg seems more-than-prepared to meddle in the election and its results before, during, and after the results come in. While he does not appear to support any political candidates or PACs this cycle (his name doesn’t show up in campaign finance reports, unlike in the past), he and the Silicon Valley leftists in his employ wield Facebook’s potent platform to amplify messages they want to give wider attention to, … Read More ➡

Disbarment Sought of FBI’s Kevin Clinesmith Who Altered Email to Trigger Campaign Spying

Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, filed a disbarment action today with the D.C. Bar against fired FBI attorney, Kevin E. Clinesmith, who pled guilty to a felony last month for doctoring a CIA email used to support a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor.

In an August 14, 2020, plea agreement with U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, who was tasked by Attorney General William Barr with investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia collusion probe known as “Crossfire Hurricane,” Kevin Clinesmith admitted that he doctored a June 15, 2017, CIA email by adding that Carter Page, “was not a source” for the CIA in his contacts with Russian sources, when in fact he was a contact with the CIA. 

That false representation was used during the Special Counsel Mueller probe to justify a surveillance warrant … Read More ➡

Disney Partners With Chinese Communists on Mulan Movie

‘Mulan’ publicity photo/Disney

The long list of corporations and organizations “woke”-en by the Black Lives Matter/”systemic racism” narrative – but that blind themselves to China’s human rights abuses and therefore do business with the communists there – continues to grow.

The rush to virtue-signal for BLM already seemed to include almost every major corporation following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, in their confrontations with police. Even Chick-fil-A’s CEO projected his own white guilt onto fellow evangelical Christians, calling for them to “repent.” Yet tears for those under the boot of the ChiComs are largely missing.

Now we’ve got a major corporation – Disney – who worked closely with the local Chinese government agencies that are running re-education camps that imprison Uighurs, a Muslim-minority group. The BBC reported on Monday that the current release of the live-action “Mulan” was filmed in Xinjiang, where as … Read More ➡

American Universities Urged to Divest From China

Donald Trump & Xi Jinping/IMAGE: YouTube

In another broadside against the People’s Republic of China, a top official in President Trump’s State Department last month urged American universities to divest their endowments from Chinese-owned corporations; to closely monitor or shut down on-campus activities that promote Chinese propaganda; and to protect research centers from Chinese theft of intellectual property.

This followed the President’s attacks on the Chinese communists for releasing and then covering up the threat from the Wuhan coronavirus. Also his trade war, with huge tariffs on China’s exporters, has caused the Far East nation great pain.

And regarding investments, a special working group of the administration’s top financial regulators, led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, recommended the Securities and Exchange Commission impose stronger transparency rules for foreign companies that are listed on American exchanges. The step was primarily directed at China, whose companies’ financial disclosures are … Read More ➡

‘LeBron’s Silence is Helping the Chinese Regime’

Tom Anderson, director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, is interviewed on NewsMax TV about the group’s social media ads targeting LeBron James and the National Basketball Association for hypocrisy on China. Tom also comments on the Big 10 football season.… Read More ➡

Ads Target NBA and LeBron James on China Hypocrisy

Through its Freedom4China campaign, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is running social media ads targeting LeBron James and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The online ads are directed to the bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where the NBA season is currently underway.

The ads state “Not All Heroes Are 6’9” with an image of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Clicking through, the viewer is brought to a page highlighting the heroism of the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man.” It reads:

Tank Man’s name is not known, nor is his fate.

Tank Man was filmed in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, stepping in front of a column of 59 tanks. The day before, the Peoples’s Liberation Army crushed student-led, pro-democracy protests. The death toll is estimated from several hundred to several thousand.

The footage of the Tank Man is widely regarded as one of Read More ➡

Study Debunks BlackRock Claims that ESG Funds Did Better During COVID

Larry Fink

So-called environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, as applied to investment principles, have seen a massive influx of cash during the COVID-19 pandemic – so much so that influential financial firm leaders have celebrated them as better performers than normal “make-a-profit” funds.

But is that really true?

Mega-firm BlackRock and CEO Larry Fink have called greater attention to ESG, beginning early in 2018 with a letter to more than 1,000 publicly traded companies urging them to elevate issues such as climate change and diversity higher in their considerations as they go about their business.

“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,” he wrote. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

CNBC reported earlier this month that the amount of assets in funds that follow ESG … Read More ➡

Chinese Companies Get Scrutiny— But Not From BlackRock

Steve Mnuchin/IMAGE: YouTube

Pressure continues to increase on Chinese corporations that are listed on American stock exchanges, to provide greater transparency about their ownership and operations.

Following the U.S. Senate’s passage (by unanimous consent) in May of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, a special panel of top government financial regulators issued a report last week that also called for tougher rules in order for “non-cooperative” foreign companies to be allowed to be listed in the United States. The goal is to provide greater protection for investors in those companies, to meet minimal audit and transparency standards so that potential risks are better understood.

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets specifically scrutinized the risks to investors posed by the Chinese government’s failure to allow access to the books of companies listed in the U.S.  The group urged the Securities and Exchange Commission take steps to strengthen the listing standards.… Read More ➡

Ethics Group Urges Dismissal of Charges Against General Flynn

General Michael Flynn (Shutterstock)

Tomorrow morning, the full panel of 10 judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear the appeal of General Michael Flynn seeking to have District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan grant the Department of Justice’s motion to drop the charges against Gen. Flynn because of misconduct by FBI agents and government prosecutors for withholding evidence as well as for setting up Gen. Flynn in an FBI interview in January 2017 about his talks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak when there was no underlying criminal investigation to warrant the interview.  

Contrary to the district court rules, Judge Sullivan had appointed a biased former prosecutor and judge as a “friend of the court” to advise him on whether he should grant the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the charges.  Flynn’s attorneys appealed Sullivan’s decision to the D.C. Circuit which ruled last month that Judge … Read More ➡