Another business venture is linked here. You will notice that there is limited information on the three-page site. It is a startup consulting company that alleges to recruit investors from China, Taiwan and Indonesia. I am struck by the typos on the site, lack of “Who we are”, the lack of testimonials and no physical or mailing address listed.
Your intrepid blogger is just waiting for the extremely biased state media to get ahold of this story. Yikes…
So when Madam Chairman Jessica Patterson is not getting throttled by the feckless GOP leadership, she has a complete zero for a vice chair. I suppose the six-figure salary she is getting as CAGOP Chair is a consolation. #FACEPALM
You can find some amazing things in internet archives… did you know that CAGOP Vice Chair Peter Kuo was a senior advisor to Congressman Ro Kanna? Perhaps some of the party faithful should inquire of Mr. Kuo about his side gig. I do notice that this biography does not include mention of JDX Coin. (Remember that one?)
Peter Kuo – international man of mystery and an inviting target for some serious issues within the CAGOP.
There is some pending drama with the California College Republicans. There are now two groups, the CFCR which is where the squishes and establishment types went after a disaster of an election process a few years ago. The CCR seems to be where the Conservatives and the Libertarian wackjobs went. For me, it is kind of like watching the Chargers Play the 49ers. No one to root for.
All this said, there are some very interesting sidebars. #1 The national college republicans are run by trump-hating country clubbers and chose to recognize the squishes. (CFCR) #2 Both the CCR and CFCR are split evenly between trump haters and trump lovers – yet the CCR is trying to claim the trump mantle. #3 I’ve been told that CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson has taken a side, but not the one people think. It appears that neither group is going to get de-chartered, rather the permanent charter of the CCR is going to get removed from the by-laws and both groups recognized.
Since I think permanent charters are recipe for membership fraud (paper units, fake members, etc) because there is no bi-annual audit by the volunteer Organizations Committee – I’d favor eliminating them all.
David Stafford Reade and crew have been running a proxy drill. It is likely that they will have more proxies than bodies as this convention will be lightly attended. Be on the look out for the leadership text messages telling people how to vote – similar to the message telling people to vote for Peter Kuo.
They will be interested in controlling resolutions, rule change 9 that removes CCR from the list of permanent charters, controlling endorsements and of course protecting their precious Prop 14.
I doubt Bill Brough will be in attendance if yes, check his burbon level. 10 trips to Safeway, 5 Trips to Bevmo and a Custom Bar all show up as office expenses. I’d never leave the office ever if I was him… but I did think this recent facebook post was quite ironic related to his drinking…
How many people show to the CAGOP Convention? How do the late announced speakers work out? Is brough bringing Lorena Gonzalez with him to the open bar at the CAGOP Convention?
P.S. someone please send me a copy of the treasurer’s report – I’ve been told the numbers will show some life, I’d love to see them!
I don’t know Liz Richie. I know others that were original Trump Supporters that have little good to say about her. After I got an email from her, I can see why people were all too willing to tell me about how she mistreated volunteers and the like.
Liz was the Norcal Trump Volunteer coordinator. She forwarded me an email written for her by someone else, because when I sent the email to other Trump people they told me it was clearly not in her voice. Peter Kuo does not speak English as a first language, and is known to have broken English (though he does speak well) thus it does not appear that Kuo wrote this either.
When Peter Kuo ran for CAGOP Vice Chair – your intrepid blogger went in to some depth about all of the foreign businesses Kuo was involved in. Many of the enterprises are in fields that are fraught with fraud and other issues.
People within the Trump campaign told your intrepid blogger that ironically, Liz Richie was one of the first to float the idea that Peter Kuo was a Chinese asset. I don’t think Kuo is a communist or a asset, I just think he is a con man.
When Peter Kuo helped get a spot in Santa Clara County for a phone bank, he claimed to have leased a location at this address. There is ample proof the phone bank was here. Those involved in the effort dispute several claims made by Kuo:
1. Kuo claims to have led efforts to make 100,000+ calls. The real number was a fraction of that, Kuo was part of the team, not a leader.
2. Peter Kuo was not Chair of Four Counties. In Fact, San Francisco County never really had a chair according to two people within the Trump operation in 2016. This is another lie by Peter Kuo, and I have emails and lists to prove it.
The location that Kuo “leased” for the Trump team was reported as dingy and “a mess” when they first started to occupy it to make their calls. A lot of people reported not feeling comfortable with the area either.
Then there is this:
WBISO is endorsed by China’s Ministry of Commerce and partners with China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME) and offers vendor verification as well as a customs database to make sure that you know who you are doing business with. As a member you will have access to the database that will allow you to build relationships within a global marketplace. A trained WBISO business service consultant can offer the precise, personalized service your company requires in order to successfully source products from China. WBISO was founded to help small- and medium-size U.S. businesses thrive in the Chinese market.
Did Peter Kuo get help from the Chinese government to get space for a Team Trump phone bank in 2016?
Then there is Liz Richie’s Email to me – which I responded to with this simple answer: Liz – There was nothing attached. And the tone of your email is absurd. Peter Kuo is a con artist and it is too bad you’ve been taken in by him.
It was brought to my attention that you posted incorrect information regarding CRP Vice Chairman Kuo’s volunteer position during the Trump for President Campaign in 2016. Your post is not only false, it is counterproductive to the mission of getting President Trump re-elected.
The letter that you use as “evidence”, specifically says, “We are part of the team that helped Donald Trump win the California primary, and then the Presidency. Mr. Kuo supported Mr. Cruz in the primary and started volunteering for Mr. Trump the day Mr. Cruz suspended his campaign for President. The 2016 Trump campaign leadership team was formed meeting for the first time July 1st after candidate Trump won the GOP nomination.
The regional, county and city leadership was the key focus inJuly through August of 2016. Mr. Kuo’s name was recommended by several Bay Area GOP leaders. Peter’s credentials were excellent so we brought him on to be the Regional Leader for Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Mr. Kuo’s subsequent work in finding and setting up a Trump 2016 call center that led to over one-hundred-thousand calls during the final weeks of the campaign, If needed, this information can be confirmed by the California Political Director and Field Operations Manager for Trump 2016, Malcolm McGough. I am including an email I sent to Mr. Kuo and at least thirty others confirming that role.
Now that you have been presented with the truth, I respectfully request that you retract the false statement regarding Mr Kuo’s involvement with the Trump 2016 campaign and apologize to Mr. Kuo. He set up one of the highest volume call centers whose impact was invaluable to the success of securing many of the battleground states and the Trump Presidency.
Aaron, we have a tremendous task in 2020. The Democrats will do or say anything to defeat our President. They will stop at nothing, that includes dividing us; unfortunately, you are doing their work for them. Please get on board and join us, so that in 2020 we can continue the work of Making America Great Again!
I was laughing out loud, and even more so once I spoke to half a dozen people in the Trump team about this. Peter Kuo should probably start fact-checking himself, and even more so if he is going to get other people to fight his battles for him…
CAGOP Vice Chair Peter Kuo lied. I’ve made it clear I think he is a con man, here is the latest. In his campaign he claimed to have been a regional chair for the Trump for President Campaign in 2016.
Embedded in this blog is the actual list as posted a couple weeks ago by someone else on facebook. As I’ve been working on other issues, I just now took a look at this and noticed that the violin-wielding Kuo is NOT on this list.
The first thing are these Jade Statues they are trying to turn in to Bitcoin. It is an all cash business and all unregistered, unregulated and unlicensed. Worse, the solicitation is for non-us investors, apparently to get around regulatory oversight in California and the USA. This is also apparently how he gets around scrutiny from Insurance interests for his outside businesses.
One of Peter Kuo’s companies is based in the ZGC Capital Building which has been a focal point of the Pentagon for industrial espionage and President Trump’s trade war with China.
Politico:How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology “But it’s not always easy to trace the money back to a single source, let alone determine what connection that source has to Beijing’s Communist leadership. Haiyin Capital, a Beijing-based VC firm, is partially backed by a state-run Chinese company, according to a company release. Also complex is ZGC Capital Corporation — located in Silicon Valley and focused on providing startups with basic business help — is a subsidiary of a state-owned enterprise funded by the Beijing government, according to the organizations’ websites. Attempts to reach each organization were unsuccessful.”
The Financial Times:The tech fear behind Donald Trump’s trade war with China “Yet the incubator could also just as easily be ground zero in a 21st-century innovation war between the world’s two largest economies. Behind the Silicon Valley and Boston facilities is Zhongguancun Development Group, a venture capital fund that originated in Beijing’s technology district and is owned by the city’s municipal government. It is at the sharp end of what has become one of the most neuralgic issues in Washington.”
Kuo’s business advertises that it can connect Americans with
Chinese Venture Capital Money…
So why then is Peter Kuo, an American businessman, working for the
interests of China in China?
If you missed the first
installment of our expose’ on the business dealings of Peter Kuo, it is linked here. It does not take an attorney to figure out
that a lot of this stuff will make terrible optics for an American audience.
In coming days President Donald Trump is expected to sign into effect the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernisation Act (FIRRMA), which establishes more vigilant reviews of foreign investments into American companies, including startups, on national-security grounds. While Mr Trump and China continue to spar over trade tariffs, FIRRMA reflects a fight over Chinese investment in American technology startups that is less visible but which nonetheless may have serious consequences for Silicon Valley.
Big deals with national-security implications have long been scrutinized. America’s powerful Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has reviewed attempts by foreigners to take controlling stakes in domestic firms where their presence could weaken national security. But minority investments in startups went unremarked, though the firms may hold sensitive innovations in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology, 3D printing and more.
If (a big if) you believe that Peter Kuo’s business ventures are
legitimate – then you’ve accepted that he is actively engaged in getting
Chinese investors to buy American Companies. This is not a good look for the
California Republican Party.
HONG KONG — China is investing in Silicon Valley start-ups with military applications at such a rapid rate that the United States government needs tougher controls to stem the transfer of some of America’s most promising technologies, a Pentagon report says.
There are few restrictions on investing in American start-ups that focus on artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics, the report contends, and China has taken advantage. Beijing, the report says, is encouraging its companies to invest for the purpose of pushing the country ahead in its strategic competition with the United States.
In some instances, Chinese companies have made under-the-radar investments intended to dodge the oversight of a government agency, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as Cfius.
So, has Mr. Kuo been arranging transactions like the above or are
his companies shells with no income? In just the last year, it appears from our
research that Mr. Kuo has shut down two of his entities.
Another business venture is linked here. You will notice that there is limited
information on the three-page site. It is a startup consulting company that
alleges to recruit investors from China, Taiwan and Indonesia. I am struck by
the typos on the site, lack of “Who we are”, the lack of testimonials and no
physical or mailing address listed.
The post highlighted a Russian-Chinese Aircraft Manufacturing
Interest that Mr. Kuo is attempting to start up. Kuo’s facebook is replete with
posts about this company, its Russian investor friend of his, and the Chinese
factory where these products will be manufactured for an unknown market. At the
same time our President is stressing bringing back jobs to America, much of Peter
Kuo’s business efforts seem to be aimed in the opposite direction, other than
his insurance business.
At worst, these multiple offshore business dealings (crypto
currency, Russia/China aircraft manufacture, helping Chinese plutocrats invest
in US technology companies, and more) raise serious questions about their
legitimacy and policy issues.
At best, the businesses are legitimate, yet look like they are competing with President Trump’s attempts to stop China from compromising our technology.
Somewhere in the middle is the fact that Kuo is gone out of the USA for as much as 6 months a year. Somewhere in the middle are the terrible optics of the unregistered securities and the Chinese Venture Capital – which side of these transactions does Peter represent? It’s unclear.
Some of these businesses do not have any visible activities – are they elaborate shells, that are being used for other purposes?
In case you wanted more
information as to why the President is taking steps to reign in Chinese
takeovers of American Businesses – see this Politico Article:
In fact, a six-month POLITICO investigation found that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the main vehicle for protecting American technology from foreign governments, rarely polices the various new avenues Chinese nationals use to secure access to American technology, such as bankruptcy courts or the foreign venture capital firms that bankroll U.S. tech startups.
The committee, known by its acronym CFIUS, isn’t required to review any deals, relying instead on outsiders or other government agencies to raise questions about the appropriateness of a proposed merger, acquisition or investment. And even if it had a more formal mandate, the committee lacks the resources to deal with increasingly complex cases, which revolve around lines of code and reams of personal data more than physical infrastructure.
Unbelievable. Also, what exactly happens on these trips? To be