One of the Democratic candidates in Georgia’s January runoffs has come under fire for financial ties both to China and to a media outlet that has been accused of promoting extremism.
Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff received thousands of dollars from the Qatari-owned company Al Jazeera, Fox News revealed in a smoking gun report Wednesday.
“How can Georgians trust him?”
Ossoff’s film production company, Insight TWI, produces and licenses out documentary videos. According to Fox, financial disclosure forms filed by the Democrat’s campaign this July showed Ossoff’s company received at least $5,000 from Al Jazeera, a controversial news outlet that critics say promotes terrorism and anti-Semitism.
The outlet aired video from Osama Bin Laden in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and last year it shared a video that questioned the historical facts of the Holocaust, Fox reported.
Insight TWI also reportedly received money from a company with ties to communist China that is opposed to the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, PCCW Limited.
In light of the news, the Republican incumbent in Ossoff’s race, Georgia Sen. David Perdue, accused the Democrat of taking money from “America’s enemies.”
“He’s shown abysmal judgment, working with China’s Communist government who failed to contain COVID-19 — a fact that he tried to hide from voters — and a company known as a ‘mouthpiece for terrorists,'” Perdue’s campaign said in a statement, according to Fox. “How can Georgians trust him to stand up to China and America’s enemies while he’s being paid by them?”
Controversy in runoff races
Of course, this is not the first time Al Jazeera has come up in Ossoff’s campaigns. The Democrat was criticized for similar ties before losing a high-profile House race in 2017.
His Senate campaign pushed back on criticism of foreign payments to his production company through a spokesperson.
“TV stations and distributors based in 33 countries have licensed and aired Jon’s work, which has exposed corrupt officials, organized crime, and war criminals,” Ossoff’s campaign said, according to Fox. “His company’s productions have been aired worldwide — from the United States to Europe to Asia to the Middle East — and high-quality investigative journalism is even more vital in parts of the world where transparency and freedom of the press are under attack.”
Republicans have also accused Ossoff and preacher Raphael Warnock, who is facing incumbent Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R), of harboring a radical, anti-police agenda. Warnock has said that America must “repent for its worship of whiteness,” the New York Post reported.
The Georgia runoffs will decide who controls the Senate: Democrats must win both contests to hold the majority in the upper chamber.