Mystery shrouds nonprofit linked to wealthy Chinese exile: Steve Bannon leaves, records kept secret

By Brian Schwartz
Aug 16 2021

The mystery surrounding a nonprofit group tied to wealthy Chinese exile Guo Wengui, reportedly the key figure in a network accused of spreading disinformation about Covid vaccines and elections, has grown over the past year.

Steve Bannon, a China hawk who once served as a top advisor to Donald Trump, is no longer on the board of the Rule of Law Society, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. A separate but related 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Rule of Law Foundation, has, meanwhile, refused to disclose financial documents it had pledged to make public. Such nonprofits are required by the Internal Revenue Service to make these types of documents public.

Both the Rule of Law Society and Rule of Law Foundation promote themselves as organizations that “protect individuals speaking out against corruption and illegal activities in China.”

Bannon, one of the most ardent advocates for Trump’s “America First” ideology, left the group last summer, according to people familiar with the matter. A person close to Bannon said he left the board as his schedule filled up with other priorities, including his live show “War Room Pandemic.”

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