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Losing democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd District Rita Hart was on the payroll of two Chinese companies while running for the seat, financial disclosures show.

Hart received $3,180 from Confucius International Education in 2020 and $2,135.23 from Pangaea International Academy in both 2019 and 2020, according to two financial disclosures.

The records were first reported by Accuracy in Media.

Confucius International Education Group (CIEG) is funded by a Chinese state-run leasing company Far East Horizon, according to Far East Horizon has ties to a Youth Communist League through shareholders, according to Accuracy in Media.

CIEG created a private school in Iowa that accepts foreign-exchange students after their one-year programs at local schools ended so that they could remain the U.S. tuition free, Accuracy in Media reported. The group wants to turn the academy on CIEG campus, Pangea International Academy, into a school that can grant degrees. Read more…