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Georgia Dem Nominee Jon Ossoff’s Financial Ties to the Pro-CCP Chinese Media Firm

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Georgia Dem Nominee Jon Ossoff's Financial Ties to the Pro-CCP Chinese Media Firm
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The twin Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia that will determine the balance of the Senate will be any of the most costly, if not the most expensive, congressional elections of all time.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the National Republican Senate Committee, in conjunction with Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, raised more than $32.6 million in the six days leading up to Thursday. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee did not have their fundraising figures, but the PAC run by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams raised $9.8 million.

Also before it became clear that Perdue had not secured 50% of the vote and would face Democrat Jon Ossoff in January, CNBC estimated that both parties would spend more than $100 million on the race. Ironic, then that a decent amount of the campaign drive on the Democratic side would be spent on a $5,000 gift of wallpaper.

According to National Analysis, Ossoff obtained $5,000 from PCCW Media Limited, Hong Kong’s largest telecommunications firm. PCCW is run by Richard Li, an avowed foe of “democracy” for his hometown, who goes so far as to call the contemplation of the matter “a misuse of the energy of civilization.”

The money paid to Ossoff by PCCW over a period of two years was not listed in his first set of financial disclosure papers and was not declared until May. Payments were discreetly revealed during the amended filing in July and were first recorded by the National Review in September.

So where were the fees coming from?

Ossoff has political experience—according to Business Insider, he spent five years writing bills for Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson (the idea that Guam could capsize if too many Marines were stationed there). However, Ossoff came to Georgia politics with his most recent background as a documentary filmmaker.

According to the National Analysis article, Ossoff’s campaign said the money came from the broadcast of “Two Inquiries by Jon’s ISIS War Crimes Against Women and Girls Company” by his London-based company, Insight TWI, adding that it was one of the hundreds of TV stations and distributors in more than 30 countries that broadcast Jon’s work.”

“Jon fully supports the pro-democracy struggle in Hong Kong and opposes the violence and authoritarianism of the Communist Party of China,” the spokesperson added.

Should this preclude the electorate from sending Jon Ossoff to the Senate?

You wouldn’t believe why, given the Nationwide Overview of his campaign speeches, there was no talk of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

Li, also a consultant at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank located in Washington, D.C., has a lot to say about it.

In 2019, at the height of the protest movement in Hong Kong, Li called for the “social order under the rule of law” to be preserved through the Hong Kong CCP and the Macau State Council Office.

In 2016, when Li’s media empire faced a boycott for providing life-long jobs to pro-democracy singer Denise Ho Wan-see, according to National Analysis, Li said he was “strongly opposed to the independence of Hong Kong.”

“Oh, Mr. Richard Li and MOOV would like to say explicitly that the company and Mr. Li value freedom of speech,” said his company in a statement.

“However both Mr. Li and the Company are deeply opposed to Hong Kong’s independence, and they conclude that Hong Kong’s independence will not be possible, and debating Hong Kong’s independence is a waste of society’s money.”

During a bitter debate in October between the contestants, Ossoff railed at Perdue for raising the issue.

At one point during the discussion, Purdue drew out a paper which he said showed that Ossoff was attempting to conceal his ties to PCCW, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He has to own it because sooner or later, we need someone in the U.S. Senate who can stand up to Communist China,” Perdue said.

Ossoff answered that Perdue had “continued to demean himself.”

“Second of all you’ve been lengthening my nose in attack advertisements to show people that I’m Jewish. And when that didn’t succeed, you started to call me some sort of Islamic terrorist. Then when that didn’t succeed, you started calling me a Chinese Communist,” said Ossoff.

By way of clarification, the first incident concerned a Perdue commercial, which the campaign said was “handled by an outside seller” in which the skewed image of Ossoff seemed to have a bigger nose, according to The Forward. And after the company repudiated the commercial, Ossoff proceeded to single out the Perdue campaign, claiming that the enlargement of the Jewish people’s nose “is the oldest, most blatant, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.”

The second included payments earned by Ossoff from Al Jazeera, as stated by the Washington Free Beacon.

There are a lot of problems with the Qatari-backed news agency. Among them, uh, is the history of anti-Semitic media. It’s also known for its strong anti-American slant. And then, as the Washington Free Beacon points out, this is still a change from the days when the network was dubbed (not without reason) “a mouthpiece for terrorists” to air the flattering cover of Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

And last, of course, we’ve got the PCCW Media.

In any case, Ossoff’s response is just the sort of propaganda that makes the liberals steam, and I’m sure it’s been whipped up into a post-haste donor shot. In a matter of minutes, his people were presumably busy plugging the video into Final Cut Pro, adding some stirring music in as a backing track, and getting the sucker out.

But it doesn’t justify why Ossoff’s organization took funds from a company that was staunchly opposed to Hong Kong’s independence at the same time that it was seeking to jumpstart its political career.

According to National Analysis, Ossoff’s campaign “has refused to comment about whether he condemns Li’s hostility to the island’s pro-democracy movement.”

Nor does it justify why Ossoff continued to create material for Al Jazeera until 2018, according to the Washington Free Beacon. That will be a full year after his first run for Congress, a failed special election campaign against Republican Karen Handel that gained national coverage, if only because it was the first Congressional race after President Donald Trump’s election.

Ossoff has a good piece of money to deal with. Undoubtedly, some of the $100 million would be used to continue to give people amnesia about PCCW and Al Jazeera.

However, both Georgia and America deserve more than a candidate who wants us to forget things like this.

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