NEW report uncovers Mark Kelly was cozier with Chinese communist investors than we thought

A new story out today from RealClearPolitics uncovers new information about the extent to which Mark Kelly personally helped secure Chinese Communist Party-tied investment in his firm Worldview.  

The investment from the CCP-tied firm, Tencent, was originally reported by RealClearPolitics in May. For more background on that, click here.

The new reporting reveals important details on Kelly’s relationship with Tencent from an article in the Oriental Morning Post, a translation of which reads:  “Tencent American leader named David met Mark Kelly, a space pilot of our team. After Mark introduced him to space travel technology [Worldview], David was very interested and willing to invest at this stage.

This new bombshell undercuts the Kelly campaign’s previous dismissal of his deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Administration officials, members of Congress, and national security experts on both sides of the aisle have warned about the danger of allowing Tencent and other Chinese Communist run companies to make significant investments in U.S. companies. As the new reporting notes, FBI Director Chris Wray raised these concerns again this week:

“U.S. foreign policy experts have long warned about Chinese investments in the U.S. space and tech industries, especially when it comes to Tencent and other social media platforms. FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned that the Chinese government’s theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale that suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases. Wray pointed to a “wide range of actors – including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers … working on their behalf.”

Tencent also recently came under fire for censoring keywords relating to the COVID-19 outbreak in China on its popular social media platform WeChat. Just last week, India banned WeChat app over concerns that it was secretly stealing users’ data and sending it back to China.

Mark Kelly’s ties to Tencent and the CCP raise serious questions about his business dealings. He must answer why he prioritized his own enrichment over U.S. national security.

CLICK HERE to read the full report from RealClearPolitics.

By: Caroline Anderegg