Notorious Clinton donor expelled from National Congress for being too corrupt for China
China’s National Congress has expelled a lawmaker for openly bribing voters to get him elected.
What was their first clue Wang Wenliang was corrupt? Two separate political finance scandals in the United States, both of which were connected to Hillary Clinton.
Though he is a Chinese lawmaker, Wenliang holds permanent residence status in the United States, which he used to funnel millions of dollars to the Clinton family and their associates.
His construction company, Rilin Enterprises, donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2013, while at the same time, lobbied Hillary Clinton’s State Department on “visa issues”.
Several months later, another one of his companies, Dadong Port Company, slipped $120,000 to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor.
McAuliffe was serving as a Clinton Foundation board member at the time, and Wenliang attended a Sept. 30, 2013 Clinton campaign fundraiser in McAuliffe’s home.
Coincidentally, the $120,000 donated to McAuliffe’s campaign is the same amount Dadong Port Company paid a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm to press Clinton on the visa issue.
That attracted the attention of the FBI, which launched an investigation into whether Wenliang’s contributions to McAuliffe’s campaign violated campaign finance and bribery laws.
Foreign nationals and foreign companies are prohibited from making political donations unless the donor holds a green card, which Wenliang does.
McAuliffe denied ever meeting Wenliang, until video surfaced of the two together in his home at the fundraiser.
Wenliang’s expulsion from the National Congress only builds the corruption case against him.
If he’s willing to bribe voters on a scale unacceptable even in China, how likely is it he was trying to buy favorable treatment from Hillary Clinton by slipping cash to her friends and family?
Contacted by The Washington Post, McAuliffe’s attorney claims the Virginia governor and likely Clinton presidential Cabinet figure, “knows nothing about Mr. Wang and his legal situation in China.”
The FBI probe of Wenliang’s donation to McAuliffe is ongoing, and agents will likely want to speak with Chinese officials about this bribery case.
The decision to oust Wenliang is even more surprising given his close ties to the Chinese government.
His companies run major ports near the North Korean border, and built China’s embassy in Washington, D.C. He was also a personal dinner guest of Chinese President Xi Jinping during Xi’s state visit to the United States.
“Often derided as a rubber-stamp legislature, the congress and its companion advisory body have in recent years become a club for some of China’s wealthiest executives, keen to rub elbows with government officials,” The New York Times reports.
“Holding such high office also brings prestige and, much like peerage or knighthood in Britain, is seen as a marker of status in the Communist Party-dominated establishment. In China, it is sometimes known as ‘wearing the red hat,’” the Times reports.
“People within the system can trade interests,” Zhang Ming, a political scientist at Renmin University in Beijing, tells the Times. “Whoever gets elected will have a pass to do so.”
But even that wasn’t enough to save Wenliang from a corruption scandal that appears to mirror his political dealings in the United States.
If China can find him so corrupt that even his own personal ties to the President can’t save him, what kind of corruption is there in his dealings with Hillary Clinton?