Taxpayer-funded group to celebrate America’s birthday features lobbyist for China’s TikTok

A U.S. government-backed group organized to lead celebrations in 2026 to mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence counts a registered TikTok lobbyist as one of its leaders, records show.

Formed in 2016, the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission receives millions of dollars through congressional appropriations and is tasked with coordinating programming, some of which has been criticized by some Republicans as partisan and “woke,” in connection to the founding of the United States on July 4, 1776. The commission includes top federal officials such as Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, professors, and even members of Congress, many of whom also sit on an affiliated “America250” Caucus.

The commission, however, also includes
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