Security Is Strength PAC’s newest ad, “Too Close,” details Jaime Harrison’s background as a lobbyist for companies and organizations who aim to strengthen China, weaken America, and sell out South Carolina.
As much as he tries, Jaime Harrison can’t hide from his past. He spent years lobbying for the Podesta Group, who’s clients included a Chinese propaganda organization and a company that illegally gave American military software to China. Now, it is time that he answers for the millions of dollars he made lobbying for Chinese Communist Party interests and against America.
The ad will air on broadcast television in Greenville-Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach-Florence, statewide on cable and satellite systems and is backed with roughly $1.2 million in spending across all mediums.
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Security Is Strength PAC was formed to highlight Senator Lindsey Graham’s commitment to keeping South Carolinians safe, secure, and prosperous and is the only Super PAC solely dedicated to re-electing Lindsey Graham to the U.S. Senate.
AD JUSTIFICATION, “TOO CLOSE”
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“Harrison made millions lobbying for The Podesta Group… “
After leaving his job with Congressman Clyburn, Harrison’s financial situation significantly improved. According to a 2008 financial disclosure form filed with the House of Representatives, Harrison had no reportable assets and credit card and loan debts in the $140,000-$365,000 range. SOURCE He reported that, essentially, he was BROKE, except for his Clyburn salaryHarrison was a lobbyist for the Podesta Group from December 2008 to the end of 2016. SOURCE
It is known, from disclosure reports filed by Harrison in August 2019, is that at that time, he had assets worth up to $3.45 million, much of that reportedly held in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate. SOURCE
He had NONE of these assets before joining the Podesta Group, for whom he serviced dozens of clients. For the assertion to be accurate, Harrison would need to have earned an average of $250,000 per year, for his eight years at Podesta Group (total of $2 million, hence the assertion “millions.” Given that his net worth was far above that, after eight years with Podesta (not to mention whatever living expenses he had during those years), we are confident in saying “he made millions.” (It should be noted that Harrison still carries some debt – including an investment ranging between $100,000 and $250,000 in a Virginia residential property from which he earns rental income.)
“…who worked for special interests with deep ties to Communist China, like the China-US Exchange Foundation, a Chinese propaganda group.”
According to lobbying disclosure reports, from the first quarter of 2015 until the fourth quarter of 2017, the China-United States Exchange Foundation was a client of The Podesta Group. (2015-2017 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Section 5 reports) The organization is a Hong Kong-based “independent” foundation working to “encourage constructive dialogue and diverse exchanges between the people of the U.S. and China.” The group also claims to be privately funded. SOURCE
In 2018, the University of Texas at Austin rejected funding from the foundation after concerns were raised about the foundation’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Its chairman, Tung Chee Hwa is the vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, “one of China’s two rubber stamp assemblies” and “one of Beijing’s most crucial tentacles for extending influence.” SOURCE He was also the first chief executive of Hong Kong following the handover from Britain to China.
The foundation has also been registered as a foreign principal representing China under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act. SOURCE
“And United Technologies… the company that illegally gave our military software to
For all quarters of 2010 and 2011, Harrison was named in lobbying forms for United Technologies Corporation, which merged with Raytheon in 2020. He lobbied the House, the Senate, Air Force, White House and Defense Department on defense authorization and appropriations. (2010 and 2011 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Section 5 reports)
In 2012 Pratt & Whitney, a Canadian subsidiary of United Technologies, plead guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act and making false statements in connection with regards to illegally exporting to China U.S.-origin military software used to develop China’s first modern military attack helicopter. The company agreed to pay a $75 million fine. SOURCE
“He sold us out… liberal Jaime Harrison… too close to China to EVER trust him in the
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