Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., conducts a press briefing on the Senate subway to propose a vote today on the Jan. 6 commission and the Endless Frontier Act and the Innovation and Competition Act by June, Friday, May 28, 2021.
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Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, who is an outspoken critic of China and companies there, has been buying and selling shares and options in the Chinese e-commerce giant since last summer Alibaba after asking questions about similar transactions, reveal disclosure reports.
Tuberville made three separate purchases with his wife Suzanne Tuberville as recently as December Alibaba shares valued at up to $300,000 in total, according to a financial report filed Wednesday.
That earlier stock sale, worth less than $5,000, came as the former Auburn University football coach was running for the Senate seat.
Tuberville was exposed in July for violating a federal financial transparency law, the STOCK Act, by failing to file disclosures of about 130 stock and stock option trades from January 2021 to May 2021 within a 45-day period.
The sale of the put options – which would give their holders the right to sell Alibaba at a share price of $230 by Sept. 19 – was valued at $15,001 to $50,000.
That sale came months after the sale of Alibaba shares that its spokeswoman described.
His spokeswoman at the time said Tuberville wasn’t even aware of the deals because they were being handled by his financial advisors.
Earlier that same month, on July 14, Tuberville and his wife had jointly purchased between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of put options in Alibaba, while on the same day selling put options from the company at a slightly lower strike price, the were rated the same height.
Those transactions were only disclosed in a report Tuberville filed in August, after the news reported his violation of the Stock Corporation Act.
On September 13, Tuberville and his wife sold Alibaba options with an exercise price of $230 in four separate trades, and bought Alibaba put options with the same strike price, another disclosure shows. Overall, these transactions were valued at between approximately $80,000 and $215,000.
On Wednesday, the spokeswoman again referred to his financial advisors when asked about his together the account’s recent Alibaba stock purchases.
“Senator Tuberville has long had financial advisors actively managing his portfolio without his day-to-day involvement,” she said in an email.
Asked if Tuberville now plans to tell those advisors not to trade shares in Alibaba or other Chinese companies, given his criticism of China, the spokeswoman said, “Of course.”
In his financial disclosure filed on Wednesday, Tuberville said he and his wife bought between $50,001 and $100,000 worth of American Depositary shares in Alibaba Group Holding Limited on Dec. 14 through their joint account.
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The next day, according to the disclosure, the Tubervilles bought Alibaba shares valued in the same value range, which allows lawmakers to report transactions in ranges rather than exact amounts.
On Dec. 21, the Tuberville account bought between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of Alibaba stock, the disclosure said.
The pair then conducted a “partial” sale of Alibaba stock on Dec. 23, valued at $50,001 to $100,000, which the senator described on the form.
The congresstrading.com Twitter account, which tracks the Legislature’s disclosure documents, updated CNBC on Tuberville’s purchases of Alibaba stock.
Tuberville in June had lauded President Joe Biden for issuing an executive order that would allow the United States to issue a ban US investments in Chinese companies that the White House said would undermine the security or democratic values of the US and its allies.
In a statement at the time, Tuberville said, “Chinese companies routinely violate U.S. sanctions laws and actively facilitate the Chinese Communist Party’s military expansion and persecution of religious minorities.”
In May, Tuberville introduced the China TSP Investment Ban Act, which would permanently ban federal retirement savings plans from investing in a Chinese company.
In addition to Alibaba trades, Tuberville and his wife also bought shares in last month Stratasys Ltd. with a value between 15,001 and 50,000 US dollars and a partial sale or the likef apple Shares valued at $50,001 to $100,000, according to the disclosure.
The Tuberville individual account bought a commodity futures contract for the delivery of cattle in April ranging from $1,001 to $15,000.