House investigators are demanding that a nonpartisan environmental think tank in Washington hand over documents detailing its alleged relationship with China and other foreign entities.
The House Natural Resources Committee wants the World Resources Institute to provide the materials, some dating as far back as 2014, as part of its probe into possible attempts by foreign actors to influence U.S. environmental and natural resources policy via tax-exempt organizations, according to a letter the panel sent to WRI on Wednesday.
“The Committee is examining WRI’s role in aiding China’s perception management efforts with respect to pollution control and its international standing on environmental issues in ways that may be detrimental to the United States,” the panel wrote.
“The Committee is concerned that WRI’s relationship with the Chinese government may [influence] its political activities in the United States and may require compliance with FARA,” the panel added, referring to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. That law requires any person or group acting as agents of foreign principals to disclose their interests.
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