Major Clinton Foundation Donor Ensnared In Chinese Vote-Buying Scandal
A Chinese billionaire who has contributed $2 million to the Clinton Foundation and attended a fundraiser at Hillary Clinton’s home in 2013 has been kicked out of China’s National People’s Congress on accusations of bribing his way into office.
The New York Times reports that Wang Wenliang is one of 45 lawmakers from China’s Liaoning province who attained positions in the National People’s Congress by paying for votes.
Xinhua, China’s official news agency, first reported the news.
Wenliang, who is a Chinese citizen with legal permanent resident status in the U.S. controls a vast construction empire with interests across the globe, including here.
One of his companies, Rilin Enterprises, donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2013. That same year, another Wenliang outfit, Dandong Port Co., contributed $120,000 to longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor.
The Clintons hosted a fundraiser at their Washington D.C. residence for McAuliffe on Sept. 30, 2013. Wenliang attended the function.
McAuliffe’s involvement with Wenliang is reportedly at the center of an ongoing federal investigation. CNN reported in May that the Justice Department was looking into whether Wenliang’s donations to McAuliffe broke federal law.
There is also some evidence that Wenliang’s contribution to the Clinton Foundation led to an FBI investigation referral.
CNN reported last month that the FBI and three Justice Department field offices recommended that an investigation be opened into donations given to the Clinton Foundation by a foreign donor. The FBI had received a tip about “suspicious activity” from an unnamed bank.
While the report did not name the foreign donor, the possible Clinton Foundation probe was discussed at a joint meeting of FBI and Justice Department officials earlier this year at the same time that the McAuliffe investigation was discussed. (RELATED: Did The FBI Nearly Investigation Clinton Foundation Because Of This Mysterious Chinese Billionaire?)
The McAuliffe investigation was allowed to proceed while the Clinton Foundation inquiry was vetoed by the DOJ.
Wenliang has another link to Clinton through the State Department.
A Daily Caller investigation revealed that Dandong Port Co., the Wenliang firm that gave to McAuliffe, lobbied Clinton’s State Department in early 2013 on “selected visa issues” for visitors to the U.S. The Chinese firm paid $120,000 to McGuireWoods Consulting, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm that employees several lobbyists who have bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton’s presidential campaign.
When the McAuliffe investigation was first revealed, the former Democratic National Committee chairman initially denied knowing Wenliang. But video soon surfaced of him walking into the 2013 Clinton fundraiser with the Chinese billionaire. (REPORT: Hillary Clinton Met Terry McAuliffe’s Mysterious Chinese Donor At Fundraiser At Her Home)