Entries by Sarah Lee

Foreign Funding of Nonprofits Goes Unchecked

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Think tanks and universities are taking millions in foreign donations, and Biden has no interest in imposing transparency.   The University of Pennsylvania received more than $15 million in anonymous donations from China in 2018, the same year it announced the founding of its Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. This is just one […]

States Banning or Restricting “Zuck Bucks”

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Editor’s note: June 22, 2021: Updated to include new states’ legislation and the current status of all known bills related to banning private funding of elections. July 12: Updates to Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. August 16, 2021: Added Ohio and Arkansas. January 28, 2022: Added new vetoes, updated news articles across the board, removed Iowa, which did […]

Foreign Funding of Elections Update

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

In early October, we reported on a disturbing trend related to foreign funding and U.S. lobbyists—namely, American lobbyists were taking in millions to help influence elections, circumventing the law that disallows outright foreign funding of elections. [M]ore disruptive are foreign nationals attempting to influence the outcome of American elections. The Foreign Agents Registration Act seeks to address this problem […]

Selling Terrorism Through Nonprofits

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

As the U.S. tries to grapple with how—and how much—funding is used to promote anti-American propaganda within the U.S., the Confucius Institutes have attracted an enormous amount of attention. The Confucius Institutes are ostensibly Chinese language and cultural events institutes scattered throughout U.S. on university campuses and even in K–12 schools. They been increasingly deemed influence-peddling […]