China.com recently reported that dozens of Congressmen from the National People’s Congress are under investigation. An election bribery case that was discovered in Liaoning Province triggered the inquiry. At least eight of the Congressmen are from Liaoning. The election in question was the 2013 national election. According to information leaked from the investigations, some wealthy figures in the private sector bribed provincial government officials and provincial Congress members (who then elected national representatives) in order to create a path for themselves to the National People’s Congress. Since Liaoning has over six hundred provincial Congress members, it’s very challenging to distribute bribery across so many people. Anonymous sources said some powerful members of the government played the role of middleman to facilitate the transactions. Some provincial Congressmen claimed that they had donated the money to charities.
Source: China.com, September 6, 2016