House Democrats who voted against anti-TikTok bill took cash from its lobbying army

TikTok lobbyists sprinkled cash into the campaign coffers for some House Democrats who later voted against a bill that could lead to the popular social media app being banned in the United States, records show.

In March, Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Greg Casar (D-TX), and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) opposed the bipartisan Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, which passed the House and would require the company ByteDance to sell off TikTok within six months or see its app face a ban. The three members accepted campaign donations in recent years from TikTok’s lobbying army in the U.S., with Bowman notably racking up hundreds of thousands of followers on the app.

That Clyburn, Casar, and Bowman have been boosted by the lobbyists is a window into TikTok’s sprawling efforts to Read more…

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