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Huawei reportedly paid Democrat lobbyist $1M

Randy Mancini 22 October 28, 2021
DONGGUAN, CHINA - APRIL 25: The Huawei logo is seen on the side of the main building at the company's production campus on April 25, 2019 in Dongguan, near Shenzhen, China. Huawei is Chinas most valuable technology brand, and sells more telecommunications equipment than any other company in the world, with annual revenue topping $100 billion U.S. Headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, considered Chinas Silicon Valley, Huawei has more than 180,000 employees worldwide, with nearly half of them engaged in research and development. In 2018, the company overtook Apple Inc. as the second largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world behind Samsung Electronics, a milestone that has made Huawei a source of national pride in China. While commercially successful and a dominant player in 5G, or fifth-generation networking technology, Huawei has faced political headwinds and allegations that its equipment includes so-called backdoors that the U.S. government perceives as a national security. U.S. authorities are also seeking the extradition of Huaweis Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, to stand trial in the U.S. on fraud charges. Meng is currently under house arrest in Canada, though Huawei maintains the U.S. case against her is purely political. Despite the U.S. campaign against the company, Huawei is determined to lead the global charge toward adopting 5G wireless networks. It has hired experts from foreign rivals, and invested heavily in R&D to patent key technologies to boost Chinese influence. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

DONGGUAN, CHINA – APRIL 25: The Huawei logo is seen on the side of the main building at the company’s production campus on April 25, 2019 in Dongguan, near Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

New reports are shedding more light on well-known Democrat lobbyist Tony Podesta’s involvement with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

According to reports on Thursday, Podesta was paid $1 million by Huawei to promote them to the Biden administration. The amount is double what Podesta said he had received earlier this month in his third quarter lobbying report.

However, it has been found that he may have been given the $1 million in two separate installments across June and September. This comes as the Biden administration has been advised to keep Huawei on the trade blacklist.

One White House official said, “President Biden and this administration believe digital infrastructure equipment made by untrustworthy vendors, like Huawei, pose a threat to the security of the U.S., our allies, and our partners. Export controls against Huawei remain in place.”

Podesta notably played a major role in the Department of Justice’s bank fraud case against Huawei’s CFO over the summer. According to reports, Huawei has spent about $3.4 million on internal and external lobbyists this year alone.

Rep. Gallagher's statement on reports that Huawei paid Tony Podesta approximately $1 million to lobby the Biden Administration.

"No American should be allowed to lobby on behalf of this genocidal regime." pic.twitter.com/ndRezAH9s3

— Rep. Gallagher Press Office (@RepGallagher) October 28, 2021

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