It turns out that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp had awarded a $107 million contract to Dominion Voting Systems just two weeks after meeting with the Houston-based Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Atlanta.
According to the Tennessee Star, Kemp met with Li Qiangmin, Houston Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, on July 12, 2019. The Secretary of State’s office then announced on July 29, 2019, that Dominion’s election services were procured to implement a “verified paper ballot system” in the state before the March 2020 presidential primaries.
According to reports concerning Dominion Voting Systems, the company has several links to China, including a $400 million filing in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) one month before the election that links Dominion, UBS Securities LLC, and China.
The filing reportedly shows that UBS arranged a private placement of $400 million with Staple Street Capital III, L.P. on October 8, 2020.
Staple Street Capital is a private equity firm located in New York that purchased Dominion Voting systems on July 17, 2018, for an undisclosed amount.
Another thing that’s concerning to many is that Dominion uses components made in China.
During congressional testimony in January, John Poulos, the President and CEO of Dominion admitted that parts for their voting machines are manufactured in China.
“We do have components in our products that come from China. Our tabulated products have always been manufactured in the United States,” Poulos said. The Chinese components, he said, included “LCD components, the actual glass screen on the interface down to the chip component level.”
China Telecom is wholly run by the Chinese government and has been identified by the U.S. Department of Defense as having collaborated with its military for over two decades.
The Department of Justice has also flagged the firm for “concerns that China Telecom is vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government” and how “the nature of China Telecom’s U.S. operations” provide “opportunities for Chinese state-actors to engage in malicious cyber activity enabling economic espionage and disruption and misrouting of U.S. communications.”