A Chinese national named Fang Fang or Christine Fang is reported to have targeted California politicians who were rising in popularity. One of those targets was Rep. Eric Swalwell.
According to Axios, Fang helped with fundraising efforts in 2014 as well as placing interns on the Swalwell campaign.
Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, according to a Bay Area political operative and a current U.S. intelligence official. Swalwell’s office was directly aware of these activities on its behalf, the political operative said. That same political operative, who witnessed Fang fundraising on Swalwell’s behalf, found no evidence of illegal contributions.
Federal Election Commission records don’t indicate Fang herself made donations, which are prohibited from foreign nationals.
Fang helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office, according to those same two people, and interacted with Swalwell at multiple events over the course of several years.
It’s unclear if there was a romantic connection between the two, but reports indicate Fang did have at least two intimate relationships with other politicians.
Swalwell’s office told Axios they cut ties with her and provided information to the F.B.I. years ago.
“Rep. Swalwell, long ago, provided information about this person — whom he met more than eight years ago, and whom he hasn’t seen in nearly six years — to the FBI. To protect information that might be classified, he will not participate in your story,” they said.
Ted Cruz responded to the report with a tweet.