REVEALED: The Senior U.S. Officials Taking CCP-Subsidized Trips, Dinners for ‘Favorable Coverage’ (LIST)

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The National Pulse today is publishing a comprehensive list of all current and former elected U.S. officials who participated in sponsored trips to China on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party-tied China-United States Exchange Foundation. 

The full list follows a National Pulse exposé on media participants of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) sponsored trip to China – the Communist Party-linked propaganda group seeking “favorable coverage” from U.S. institutions.

CUSEF’s efforts to “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies” go right to the top of U.S. politics.

CUSEF has sponsored trips for the following representatives in a variety of ways, including trade missions and a Heartland Mayor Delegation Trip to China for current elected officials.
Representatives have also participated after departing their Congressional positions, per original National Pulse research into the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings between CUSEF and its American lobbying firm BLJ Worldwide.
The “Former U.S. Congressmen Program” with participants “chosen based on their seniority and relevance to US-China relations during their time in Congress, as well as their open-minded perspective to China,” notes in summary:
“Former Congressmen can visit with current and former politicians in China, university professors and students, think tanks, and businesspeople to deepen their understanding of China’s peaceful development. Additionally, cultural activities and touring historic sites can also provide further context into the history of China’s development. Such visits will also help inform Chinese officials and thinkers about America’s perspectives of current domestic and foreign affairs issues that are relevant to China.”
2011 BLJ FARA FILING.
And following each visit, CUSEF and its lobbying firm would “work with the former Congressmen to create reports on their experiences that will be distributed to politicians, experts, and other relevant individuals and organizations in the US.”

Chinese Communist Congress (and other elected officials):

  • Congressman Timothy Roemer (D-IN)
  • Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
  • Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR)
  • Congressman Jim McCrery (R-LA)
  • Congressman Thomas Petri (R-WI)
  • Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
  • Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
  • Senator John Sununu (R-NH)
  • Congressman Jon Christensen (R-NE)
  • Congressman Jim Slattery (D-KS)
  • Congressman Steve Bartlett (R-TX)
  • Congressman Don Bonker (D-WA)
  • Congressman Phil English (R-PA)
  • Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX)
  • Congressman Barbara Kennelly (D-CT)
  • Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD)
  • Congressman John Tanner (D-TN)
  • Governor Bob Holden (D-MO)
  • Mayor James Brainard (R-IN)
  • Mayor Paul TenHaken (R-IA)
  • Mayor Jamael Tito Brown (D-OH)
  • Mayor Richard Carr (R-OH)
  • Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele (R-CT)
  • State Representative Mark Parkinson (R-ID)
  • Governor Jim Folsom Jr. (D-AL)
  • Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton (D-WI)
  • Brian Rolicki
  • State Senator Steve Harrelson (D-AR)
  • State Senator Mark Norris (R-TN)
  • State Representative Robbie Wills (D-AR)
  • State Representative Jim Tucker (R-LA)
  • State Representative Seth Hammett (D-AL)
  • State Senator Ron Richard (R-MO)
  • State Senator Chuck Colgan (D-VA)
  • Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib (D-WA)
  • Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R-WI)
  • Congresswoman-Elect Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY)
  • State Representative Clarice Navarro (R-CO)
  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-IL)
  • Mayor Michael Copeland (KS)
  • Treasurer Tishaura Jones (D-MO)
  • Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA)
  • State Representative L.F. Payne (D-VA)
  • Congressman Gary Franks (R-CT)
  • Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA)
  • Congressman Mike Mclntyre (D-NC)
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Pictured.

The following pictures were included in CUSEF’s promotional brochures.

The first image shows the 2019 Heartland Mayor Delegation visiting China, followed by images of local elected officials meeting with Chinese Communist Party apparatchiks in 2008 and 2009:

2019.

Another image included U.S. Lieutenant Governors and State Legislative Presiding Officers:

2008/2009.
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Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is an Investigative Reporter at the National Pulse and contributor to The National Pulse podcast.