Who’s on China’s Payroll?
Under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), lobbyists and others in the U.S. who represent foreign interests and engage in political activities must register with the federal government. According to FARA registrations from 2016 to 2020, Chinese interests have spent $143 million on influence activities in America.
Some major companies are representing Chinese companies and the Chinese government. We’ve listed them below. Under China’s communist system, there is no clear line between private companies and the ruling communist government. Companies are subservient to the Chinese Communist Party.
Note: Only political or quasi-political activities are covered under FARA. For instance, the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, which have popped up at more than 600 schools and universities, are not covered under FARA. Nor are controlled radio or television stations that broadcast Chinese government propaganda or the Chinese spin on the news.
$143 million is the tip of the iceberg.
|U.S. Registrants||Spending 2016-2020||Chinese Clients|
|Aux Initiatives||$254,038||Wanhua Chemical Group|
|BCW Global||$2,689,311||Hikvision, Huawei|
|BGR Government Affairs||$217,037||China-United States Exchange Foundation|
|Blue Star Strategies||$70,792||Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp|
|Brown Lloyd James Ltd||$6,554,294||Government of China, China-US Exchange Foundation|
|Brownstein, Hyatt et al||$861,800||Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co|
|Capitol Counsel||$638,634||China-US Exchange Foundation, US-China Transpacific Foundation|
|CGTN America||$61,652,592||CCTV America|
|Chartwell Strategy Group||$450,000||iFlytek Co|
|China Council for the Promotion of Intl Trade||$3,892,412||China Council for the Promotion of Intl Trade|
|China Daily Distribution Corp||$43,838,588||China Daily of Beijing|
|China International Travel Service||$6,107,369||Government of China|
|Cowan Strategies||$52,000||Sinopec Group|
|Crossroads Strategies||$59,996||CRRC Corp|
|Hai Tian Development USA||$1,073,757||People's Daily Overseas Edition|
|Handy Jim||$40,892||Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co|
|Harbour Group||$357,114||Cosco Shipping Holding Co.|
|Havas Media Group USA||$5,380||Wuhan Municipal Government|
|Husch Blackwell LLP||$10,118||China National Forest Products Industry Assn|
|Karv Communications||$101,000||Cosco Shipping Holding Co.|
|Kobre & Kim||$469,123||Low Taek Jho, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co|
|Levick Strategic Communications||$236,889||China Telecom, Low Taek Jho|
|Mercury Public Affairs||$2,805,877||Hikvision|
|Ogilvy Group||$291,961||China Telecom|
|Pillsbury, Winthrop et al||$865,151||iFlytek Co|
|Pivot Integrated Communications||$963,815||Huawei|
|Qorvis MSLGROUP||$675,000||Government of China|
|Rokk Solutions||$105,000||China National Forest Products Industry Assn|
|Ruder Finn Inc||$120,552||Huawei|
|Squire Patton Boggs||$2,745,000||Government of China|
|Steptoe & Johnson||$480,000||Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co|
|Trailrunner International||$105,000||Esquel Enterprises|
|Wilson Global Communications||$341,519||China-US Exchange Foundation|
|Xin Min International||$7,800||Xin Min Evening News|