Biden-allied lawmaker’s charity scored cash from TikTok’s Chinese parent company before key vote

A foundation tied to a veteran House Democrat accepted checks from China’s ByteDance before he voted against a bill that would make the company divest from the popular social media app TikTok, records show.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) in March diverged from his ally President Joe Biden, who supports anti-TikTok legislation, in opposing the bipartisan Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, which may lead to TikTok being banned in the United States over national security concerns from lawmakers. Clyburn, who has personally received campaign donations from TikTok’s lobbying army, saw at least $40,000 in recent years flood into a nonprofit organization affiliated with him, according to congressional lobbying disclosures.

“We can’t say for a fact that his position is due to the money, but it’s perfectly
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