Georgia Republicans have charged that Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff “knowingly” failed to disclose a financial connection to a Hong Kong company whose shareholders include China’s communist government, Fox News reported Wednesday.
Ossoff is going up against Republican Sen. David Perdue in a Senate runoff election in Georgia that will be held in January. The race, along with the other runoff between incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democrat Raphael Warnock, will determine control of the upper chamber in the next Congress.
“An accurate assessment”
According to Fox, Ossoff amended a financial disclosure that his campaign had first submitted back in July after the Georgia Senate primary. The amendment showed that Ossoff received compensation from PCCW Media Limited, a Hong Kong-based company.
Fox reports that 18.4% of PCCW’s shares are owned by the communist Chinese government — more specifically, by the Assets Supervision & Administration Commission. In addition, PCCW’s chairman, Richard Li, has openly opposed Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, Fox notes.
The Georgia GOP is now asking the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the amendment made by Ossoff, particularly since it came so late in the campaign season.
“Jon Ossoff tried to hide his connection to a media company with direct ties to the Communist Chinese government. We’re asking the Senate Ethics Committee to look into this further, because we believe this was an intentional effort to conceal information from the people of Georgia,” Stewart Bragg, the Georgia GOP’s executive director, said in a Wednesday statement shared by Fox.
“Georgia voters were not given an accurate assessment of his financial situation,” he charged.
“A China problem”
Following the news, Perdue went on the offensive.
“Jon Ossoff has a China problem,” the Republican senator told Fox. “His shoddy explanations about his business ties with the communist Chinese government raise more questions than they answer — and leave Georgians doubtful that Ossoff can be trusted to hold foreign adversaries accountable.”
Perdue went on: “It’s time Jon Ossoff start living by that high standard of transparency he talks so much about.”
A spokeswoman for Ossoff, meanwhile, has dismissed the accusation as “utterly false and desperate.”
“David Perdue’s fever dream that Jon Ossoff is some kind of Chinese communist agent because a TV channel in Hong Kong once broadcast two of his company’s films exposing ISIS war crimes is one of the most laughable smear campaigns in Georgia history,” she said, according to Fox. Only time will tell, however, if Georgia voters are really so willing to shrug this off.