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Multi-Million Dollar Foundation Donor Implicated In Chinese Vote Buying Scheme

- September 15, 2016

CLINTON FOUNDATION DONOR WENLIANG WANG WAS JUST "SNARED" IN AN EXPOSED CHINESE VOTE-BUYING SCANDAL

Wenliang Wang Was "Snared" In A Chinese Vote Buying Scheme That Resulted In The Expulsion Of 45 Members Of China's Legislature. "China's legislature has expelled 45 of its members in a vote-buying scandal that has snared a prominent businessman who is active in donating to American universities, foundations and political campaigns. Some of the lawmakers whose dismissals were announced on Tuesday, all from the economically struggling northeastern province of Liaoning, had bribed their way into the National People's Congress by buying votes, according to the official news agency Xinhua. The nearly 3,000 members of the congress, which meets as a full body for less than two weeks each March, ratify laws and government programs, usually with little drama. Members are mostly voted in by lower-ranking organizations, including provincial congresses. The businessman, Wang Wenliang, is a billionaire who made his fortune in the construction business and from operating a strategic port on the North Korean border. Mr. Wang has also been linked with entities holding hidden stakes in three condominiums in the Time Warner Center in New York." (Michael Forsythe, "An Unlikely Crime In One-Party China: Election Fraud," The New York Times , 9/14/16)

The Vote Buying Scheme Had Been Brewing For Several Years, And Resulted In Allegation Of Bribery And Election Fraud. "The vote-buying scandal in Liaoning has been brewing for at least five years, with hundreds of officials and lawmakers in its provincial bodies accused of engaging in the bribery, according to a report in Caixin, a well-regarded Chinese newsmagazine. The report, posted online on Tuesday, has since been taken off the internet. In 2013, in the southern province of Hunan, 56 provincial lawmakers in one city had offered more 110 million renminbi, or $16.5 million, in vote-related bribes to lower-ranking officials there, Xinhua reported at the time." (Michael Forsythe, "An Unlikely Crime In One-Party China: Election Fraud," The New York Times, 9/14/16)

Wenliang Wang Is The CEO Of Foundation Donor Company Rilin Enterprises

Rilin Enterprises Has Contributed $2,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. "Less than a month later, a separate Wang company pledged $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the first of several donations that eventually totaled $2 million." (Michael Scherer, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor To Clinton's Home," Time, 5/25/16)

Rilin's CEO, Wenliang Wang, Is A Member Of China's National Parliament. "Further searches turned up a prominent Wang Wenliang. This Mr. Wang is a former municipal official in Dandong, a city on China's border with North Korea, and a member of the National People's Congress, China's parliamentary body." (Louise Story and Stephanie Saul, "Stream Of Foreign Wealth Flows To Elite New York Real Estate," The New York Times , 2/7/15)

  • "A Rilin Spokesperson Said Wang 'Was Asked To Join The NPC [National People's Congress], A Largely Ceremonial Body, As A Delegate In 2013.'" (Julianna Goldman, "Chinese Company Pledged $2 million To Clinton Foundation In 2013,"CBS News, 3/16/15)

"Rilin Enterprises Is The Largest Private Construction Firm In China And Also Controls The Largest Port Near The North Korean Border." (John Judis, "Foreign Funding Of Think Tanks Is Corrupting Our Democracy," The New Republic, 9/9/14)

  • "The Firm Owns A Strategic Port Along The Border With North Korea And Was Also One Of The Contractors That Built The Chinese Embassy In Washington." (Julianna Goldman, "Chinese Company Pledged $2 million To Clinton Foundation In 2013," CBS News, 3/16/15)

Wang Has Been A Guest At Clinton's House

Wang Has Been To Clinton's House In Washington, DC. "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe invited the Chinese businessman whose donations to him have been named as a focus of Justice Department investigators to a 2013 fundraiser at Hillary Clinton's personal Washington, D.C., residence." (Michael Scherer, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor To Clinton's Home," Time, 5/25/16)

While Giving To The Clinton Foundation, Rilin Was Lobbying The State Department

In The First Quarter Of 2013, Dandong Port Company Paid McGuireWoods Consulting $120,000 For Lobbying, Including The Lobbying The State Department On "Selected Visas For Visitors To U.S." (Lobbying Report, U.S. Senate Office Of Public Records , Filed 4/19/13)

  • On A January 2012 Lobbying Registration Form, Rilin Enterprises Is Listed As An Affiliated Organization With Dandong Port Company. (Lobbying Registration, U.S. Senate Office Of Public Records , Filed 1/17/12)
  • "Public Records Show The Firm Has Spent $1.4 Million Since 2012, Lobbying Congress And The State Department." (Julianna Goldman, "Chinese Company Pledged $2 million To Clinton Foundation In 2013," CBS News, 3/16/15)
  • NOTE: Hillary Clinton Left The State Department On February 1, 2013. "Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who steps down from her post at the State Department today, leaves behind a legacy of 31 years of public service." (Sarah Parnass and Dana Hughes, "Hillary Clinton Steps Down From State Department, Ending Three Decades Of Public Service," ABC News , 2/1/13)

THE FBI SCRUTINIZING WANG IN IT'S INVESTIAGTION OF CLINTON CONFIDANT GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Is The Subject Of An FBI Investigation Dating Back To At Least Last Year Into Campaign Donations To His Gubernatorial Campaign. "Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)

  • McAuliffe Said He And The Clinton's Are "Best Friends" And That They Have Been "Family Friends" For Three Decades. VIRGINIA GOVRERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE: "We're best friends, I've been family friends with the Clinton's for thirty years. It's a great relationship, we vacationed together for years, we're just very personal friends, and I wanna see her in the White House. And I'm just thinking, imagine her in the White House, Bill, and I'm still as governor. We can have a great year together, really getting a lot of assets, rightfully so, moved to the commonwealth because that's where they should be. You should forget those other 49 states, I'm gonna try to convince her, everything should go to Virginia." (Terry McAuliffe, Interview, 101.5 The Valley's Music Place, 3/31/16)

One Of The Donations Being Scrutinized Is $120,000 From Chinese Businessman And National People's Congress Delegate Wang Wenliang. "Among the McAuliffe donations that drew the interest of the investigators was $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his U.S. businesses. Wang was previously delegate to China's National People's Congress, the country's ceremonial legislature." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

"'Neither The Governor Nor His Former Campaign Has Knowledge Of This Matter, But As Reported, Contributions To The Campaign From Mr. Wang Were Completely Lawful,' Said [McAuliffe Lawyer Marc] Elias." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)

  • While There Is No Indication The Clinton Foundation Has Done Anything Improper, The Investigation In Part Focuses On McAuliffe's Role On The Board Of The Clinton Global Initiative. "As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton. There's no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

The U.S.-China Education Trust Identifies Wang As "Of The West Legend Corporation." "In 2012, USCET partnered with the Moore School of Business' Governor Hodges Scholars Program at the University of South Carolina to provide travel grants to exceptional students. Mr. Wang Wenliang of the West Legend Corporation provided funds to support this initiative." ("USCET Student Leaders Exchange," U.S.-China Education Trust, Accessed 5/23/16)

  • West Legend Corp. Donated $70,000 To McAuliffe's Gubernatorial Campaign And $50,000 To McAuliffe's Inauguration. (Virginia Public Access Project, Accessed 5/23/16)
  • While U.S. Law Would Prohibit Donations From Foreign Nationals To McAuliffe's Past Campaign, Wenliang Has U.S. Permanent Resident Status And Would Be Allowed To Donate. "U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections. Penalties for violations include fines and/or imprisonment. But Wang holds U.S. permanent resident status, according to a spokeswoman, which would make him a U.S. person under election law and eligible to donate to McAuliffe's campaign." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)
  • "Neither Wang Nor His Company Used To Make The Donations Have Been Contacted By U.S. Investigators, According To The Spokeswoman." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

"It Couldn't Be Learned What Else The FBI And Justice Department Are Investigating As Part Of The Probe In McAuliffe. The Officials Say The Investigation Remains Active And Ongoing." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)


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