Documents disclosed by Jeb Bush supporting super PAC Right to Rise in August have made public the fact that the presidential candidate received a total of $500,000 in contributions from the husband of a prominent Hong Kong cosmetics mogul.
Cheng Ming Ming, 68, is the founder of a successful beauty-school and skin-care company. Photographs of her with Bill Clinton, Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan line the halls of the company’s Hong Kong headquarters. She appears to have very nice skin.
Earlier this week, Reuters revealed that Cheng Ming Ming’s husband Chen Shu Te, 82, was on the list of donors to Right to Rise.
While American campaign laws allow super PACs much more freedom than traditional campaigns — like the handy ability to accept unlimited contributions for instance — they do have the small wrinkle that PACs can only accept money from U.S. citizens or green card holders.
Here’s what the PAC told Reuters:
“We don’t comment on specific donors, but we do have systems in place to ensure compliance with all FEC rules,” the super-PAC, Right to Rise USA, said in an e-mailed statement, referring to the Federal Election Commission. A person close to Right to Rise said the group confirmed Chen had a green card before accepting the donation. A spokesman for Bush’s campaign declined to comment.
Jeb Bush has taken a much more moderate stance on China than his conservative counterparts, dismissing calls for the Chinese president to eat Big Macs in a woodshed instead of enjoying a state dinner at the White House. He also frequently touts his numerous trips to China to represent consulting clients.
His father, former President George H.W. Bush, served as U.S. envoy to Beijing in the 1970s and the family has held close ties to China ever since with one of his brothers, Neil Bush, acting as president of a company that invests in luxury hotels in China.
In the first half of the year, Right to Rise reported raising a record $103 million including $800,000 from donors with addresses outside of the U.S., most of this came from three separate donations made by Chen totaling $499,137 and a $100,000 donation from Ronnie Chan, a Hong Kong real-estate magnate.
Jeb! is currently polling around 8%, presumably disappointing his Hong Kong tycoon backers.