US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Force Lobbyists for Beijing-Linked Chinese Companies to Register as Foreign Agents

Two Republican lawmakers will introduce legislation aimed at forcing lobbyists for Chinese companies controlled by the Chinese regime to register as foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) said on Oct. 22 that the new bill would “close loopholes” in the FARA that have exempted lobbyists for Chinese companies from having to register as a foreign agent. “Chinese companies—particularly powerful ones—are all arms of the Chinese Communist Party and remain ultimately under state control. It’s time our laws recognize that reality,” Cotton said in a statement. The new legislation, named the Chinese Communist Party Influence Transparency Act, would bar lobbyists of Chinese companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from using two exemptions to registration known as the “commercial exemption” and the “Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) exemption.” FARA, enacted in 1938, requires people who engage in political activities or other activities on behalf of a foreign government or foreign political party to register and disclose those activities to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). There are exemptions to the FARA, including the “commercial exemption” that rules out registration and disclosure requirements for “private and nonpolitical activities.” Another FARA exemption allows agents and entities engaging in lobbying activities to register and disclose under the LDA instead. LDA, passed into law in 1995, is more lenient than FARA, requiring the disclosure of substantially less information to the DOJ. The new legislation would apply to lobbyists of any Chinese business organizations designated by the U.S. Attorney General as “subject to the extrajudicial direction of the Chinese Communist Party.” “Even nominally private Chinese firms are not like normal companies. All Chinese firms, and especially those significant enough to register lobbyists in Washington, D.C., are subject to the extrajudicial direction of the Chinese Communist Party,” Gallagher said in the press release. He added: “This bill ensures companies subject to the direction of the CCP face appropriate disclosure standards and Americans better understand how our adversaries seek to use the swamp against us.” The two lawmakers in September wrote to Attorney General William Barr raising concerns about lobbying registration practices of Chinese companies in the country, after the Pentagon identified 31 Chinese firms, including tech giant Huawei, as either being owned or controlled by the regime’s military. In the letter, the lawmakers said that lobbyists and firms representing these Chinese military companies have been using the FARA exemptions to register under LDA instead of FARA. The Pentagon named the 31 Chinese companies after a request made by Cotton based on the requirement under section 1237(b) of  National Defense Authorization Act of 1999, the annual defense spending bill. The section called on the Pentagon to determine and publish “Communist Chinese military companies operating in the United States,” as well as any entity that is “owned or controlled by the People’s Liberation Army,” which is the official name of the Chinese military.

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Twitter and Facebook Shut Down News that Threatens Biden Campaign

Townhall Review – October 24, 2020 Sebastian Gorka and Charlie Kirk talk about their Twitter accounts being locked because they dared to post information about Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family. Kevin McCullough and former New York City Rudy Giuliani talk about the damaging information that is alleged to be on the Hunter Biden computer. Dennis Prager looks at how big tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube, are trying to block the story that the New York Post published about the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Hugh Hewitt talks with Texas Senator John Cornyn about the upcoming confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Larry Elder takes on the absurd effort by the left to paint Donald Trump as a racist that has no grounding in fact or evidence. Chris Stigall talks with Lou Holtz, one of college football’s greatest coaches of all time, about his reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Mike Gallagher examines Democratic governors, particularly California Governor Gavin Newsom, and the abuse of power in holding citizens to smothering lockdowns and restrictions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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The Left Grows Bold in a Divided Nation

Townhall Review – August 1, 2020 Hugh Hewitt examines the House Democrat’s tactics during U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the House. Dennis Prager talks with Andy Ngo about the violent unrest in the city of Portland, Oregon. Hugh Hewitt and Wisconsin Senator Mike Gallagher talk about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech where the Secretary said to “distrust and verify,” communist China. Bob Frantz talks with black conservative and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Peter Kirsanow about “systemic racism.” Larry Elder turns to Bob Woodson, civil rights leader and founder of the Woodson Center, to talk about his criticism of the 1619 Project as a re-working of history. Sebastian Gorka and former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy talk about former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s criticism of federal efforts to stop Antifa’s attacks on federal buildings. Mike Gallagher looks at Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s recent comment calling President Trump a racist. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Election 2020 Looms With Challenges From China, Coronavirus and Civil Unrest

Townhall Review – August 8, 2020 Hugh Hewitt talks with China expert Jonathan Ward about his book, “China’s Vision of Victory,” and how China has become a global menace. Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton talk about former President Obama’s “eulogy” at Congressman John Lewis’s funeral, where he lectured about the need to push leftward. Mike Gallagher examines the interview by Chris Wallace, Fox News, with Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Karen Bass. Sebastian Gorka talks with Salena Zito, columnist for the New York Post, about her findings gleaned from reporting on the “Trump Coalition.” Hugh Hewitt talks with Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about our military readiness. Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with Hans Von Spakovsky, of the Heritage Foundation, about the problems with mail-in voting. Dennis Prager and Sean Hannity talk about Sean’s book, “Live Free or Die – America and the World on the Brink.” Larry Elder looks at mail-in voting, favored by Democrats and feared by conservatives. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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GOP Convention Highlights the Choice Facing the Nation

Townhall Review – August 29, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem. Hugh Hewitt and Matthew Continetti, of the American Enterprise Institute, discuss how the Democratic National Convention compares with the Republican National Convention. Chris Stigall talks with Hogan Gidley, press secretary for the Trump Campaign, about First Lady Melania Trump’s address to the Republican National Convention. Hugh Hewitt and Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher talk about the riots, fires, and shooting that took place in Kenosha following the tragic police shooting of Jacob Blake. Mike Gallagher gives us the bold and eloquent speech of Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s first black Attorney General, at the Republican National Convention. Sebastian Gorka talks with James Carafano, of the Heritage Foundation, about the issues facing the country of Belarus. Dennis Prager plays segments of Maximo Alvarez's address to the RNC which talks about why his family came to the United States from to escape the Cuban totalitarian dictatorship of Fidel Castro. Larry Elder talks with Dov Hikind, New York State Assemblyman, about the appearance of radical anti-Semite Linda Sarsour at the Democrat’s Convention. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Ginsburg Death Ignites Supreme Court Battle

Townhall Review – September 26, 2020 Hugh Hewitt talks with Texas Senator Ted Cruz about panic in the Democrat party over the selection of a replacement Supreme Court justice for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sebastian Gorka and historian Victor Davis Hansen examine the motives of the Democratic party and how they are using the death of Ginsburg to speed up their radical agenda. Hugh Hewitt and Indiana Senator Mike Braun explain how the GOP can’t miss this opportunity to add a conservative justice to the Supreme Court. Joe Piscopo talks with Alan Dershowitz about the Democrat’s attack on potential Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Barrett’s Catholic faith. Hugh Hewitt talks with Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn about the absence of the Democrats of old and the radical new blood taking their place. Larry Elder discusses the dilemma Democrats face today after they enacted the filibuster-killing nuclear option in 2013. Mike Gallagher looks at the incumbent and the challenger in the fast-approaching Presidential race. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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The First Debate and President Trump’s Third Nominee to the Supreme Court

Townhall Review – October 3, 2020 Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson turn to John Nolte of Breitbart to talk about the fiery Presidential Debate. Hugh Hewitt talks with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse about President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike Gallagher looks at the debate free-for-all and how it was handled by its moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. Sebastian Gorka talks with Victor Davis Hansen, Hoover Institution scholar, looks at President Trump’s accomplishments during his first term. Hugh Hewitt talks with Elaine Parker, of KeepAmericaAmerica.com, about the actual balloting process in the upcoming election. Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talks with Rod Dreher about his book, “Live Not By Lies – A Manual for Christian Dissidents.” Hugh Hewitt and Texas Senator Ted Cruz talk about the debate and his book, “One Vote Away – How a Single Supreme Court Seat Could Change History.” Charlie Kirk examines ballot harvesting as uncovered in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District during an investigation by Project Veritas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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President Trump Recovering Quickly From COVID-19 as Election Approaches

Townhall Review – October 10, 2020 Hugh Hewitt and Florida Senator Marco Rubio talk about the Democratic and media meltdown following President Trump’s return to the White House after he spent the weekend in the hospital with COVID-19. Charlie Kirk, new Salem host, gives his perspective on the mask-mania after President Trump’s return to the White House. Sebastian Gorka talks about the reaction to President Trump’s impromptu motorcade to greet his well-wishers outside Walter Reed Medical Center. Mike Gallagher looks at the media anchors who appeared almost angry that the President had done so well, angry that he modeled a calm courage in the face of this pandemic. Chris Stigall and Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine School of Public Policy, review the issues currently hampering the ballot-casting system. Dennis Prager examines the prolonged shutdown in Los Angeles and California where the far-left rules and many small businesses have been shuttered for months, some giving up. Larry Elder reviews the numerous times President Trump has condemned and disavowed white supremacy while the media treats it as if he’s never answered the question before. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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A Brilliant Nominee

Townhall Review – October 17, 2020 Hugh Hewitt and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse talk about “court packing” and Senator Sasse educating his peers, pointing out that the Supreme Court has had 9 members since 1869. Mike Gallagher examines polling by looking at an article by Byron York in the Washington Examiner. Hugh Hewitt and Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette talk about the impact the “Green New Deal” could have on our energy independence. Hugh Hewitt talks with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton about the Democrat’s claim that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would do something about Obamacare provision for “pre-existing conditions.” Hugh Hewitt talks with Rick Gates about his book,” Wicked Game – An Insider’s Story on How Trump won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost.” Dennis Prager talks with Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute about a book he collaborated on, “The Price of Panic – How the Tyranny of Experts Turned the Pandemic into a Catastrophe.” Sebastian Gorka and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talk about his book, “Trump and the American Future.” Larry Elder opines on the recent World Health Organization urging of world leaders to stop using lockdowns as the primary method of pandemic deterrence. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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