Rep. Frank Wolf (R.-Va.), well known in Washington as a sharp, long-time critic of the PRC regime, fired off a letter to Akin Gump on July 13. The company had apparently made the mistake of sending Wolf a propaganda package on behalf of the Chinese firm√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶quot;a good indicator that whatever the PRC-controlled company is paying the lobbyists it may be too much.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??I must say in all candor that I was shocked that the packet arrived courtesy of Akin Gump√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶quot;one of Washington√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs most distinguished and reputable lobbying and law firms,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě wrote Wolf. √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶ [W]hen I noted that CNOOC was one of your newest clients, I immediately thought, √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?Ň?Is there no bright line to separate who the lobbyists in Washington will or will not represent?√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ę √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶ Ultimately, I question the appropriateness of an American firm√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs advising and being on the payroll of the Chinese government.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě