Behind McCarthy’s luxury apartment is Sotheby’s auction house, whose largest shareholder is Mao’s grandson-in-law

After media outlets reported that Google lobbyist and Biden family acolyte, Frank Luntz, rented rooms in a Washington apartment to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), National Pulse broke the story on May 4 that there are big ties between the Chinese Communist Party and the luxury building where the two men live.

For security reasons, National Pulse did not reveal the name of the building, except to say that the downtown Washington apartment building is owned and leased by Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sotheby’s International Realty is a subsidiary of Sotheby’s, whose largest shareholder is the Communist Party’s Taikang Life Insurance, which holds 13.5 percent of Sotheby’s shares. Taikang Life Insurance has major ties to the Communist Party, as its founder and CEO is Chen Dongsheng, Mao’s grandson-in-law, and most of Taikang’s shareholders are also Communist state-owned enterprises.

Chen’s second wife, Kong Dongmei, was the daughter of Li Min, Mao’s granddaughter, and in 1996 Chen and Kong began an extramarital affair that resulted in three children. International, and Home Delivery.

In 2012, Sotheby’s and Beijing Gehua Culture Development Group, together established China’s first international auction house, Beijing Sotheby’s Auction Co. The company, which has won numerous awards from the Communist Party, describes itself as a “mainstream public opinion propaganda position in the capital” and a “state-owned backbone cultural enterprise. Sotheby’s Beijing, in cooperation with the Beijing Municipal Party Committee’s Propaganda Department, helped “promote the construction of socialist spiritual civilization” by designing a float to commemorate the Communist Party’s Founding Day.

Sotheby’s International Realty, which leases properties to Lenz, has a similar relationship with the CCP.

Since 2014, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has been “doing business in mainland China” under the auspices of Beijing-based Xinrui Gain International Real Estate Brokerage. Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, said, “Launching our business in China is an important milestone for our brand.”