Fang was in her late 20s or early 30s when she came to the US in 2011 and enrolled as a student at California State University East Bay, according to friends and acquaintances.
Fang used her position as president of school groups at CSU East Bay to start cultivating relationships with politicians.
Fang soon became a mainstay at Bay Area political events, volunteered on campaigns, and helped fundraise for Democratic politicians like now-Reps. Eric Swalwell and Tulsi Gabbard.
Fang started getting close to Swalwell when he was a councilmember for Dublin City, California. She developed close ties to his office, helped bring in big donors, and even placed an intern in his Washington, DC office.
Fang expanded her network nationally by attending a 2014 conference for mayors in Washington, DC, according to multiple sources who spoke to Axios.
A US intelligence official and one former elected official said that Fang engaged in sexual or romantic relationships with at least two mayors of Midwestern cities, though Axios was not able to identify either mayor.
One of the mayors was described as an older Midwestern mayor "from an obscure city" who referred to Fang as his "girlfriend" in conversation, according to former Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong.
A sexual encounter involving Fang and an Ohio mayor was also caught on FBI surveillance, according to one US official.
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