DHS official under investigation for helping Terry McAuliffe and Hillary’s brother secure ‘investment’ through gov’t program
**Written by Doug Powers
Another day, another story about possible malfeasant cronyism.
From the Associated Press:
President Barack Obama’s choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned.
Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the investigation.
The government program involved in the investigation, known as EB-5, allows foreigners to get visas if they invest $500,000 to $1 million in projects or businesses that create jobs for U.S. citizens.
The AP reports that the DHS official “helped a financing company run by Clinton’s brother win approval for an investor visa, even after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected.” What the AP didn’t report is that the company benefiting from from the EB-5 investment is called GreenTech Automotive.
GreenTech Automotive was until fairly recently headed by current Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who was also chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and a former head of the DNC.
More from the Washington Free Beacon:
The headquarters of GCFM and GreenTech (GTA) are in the same Mclean, Va. office complex. Rodham also traveled to China along with GreenTech supporters Bill Clinton and former Gov. Haley Barbour (R., Miss.) to secure investments for the venture.
Rodham was in direct contact with Mayorkas as recently as Jan. 29, 2013, according to correspondence obtained by Watchdog.org.
Rodham complained in the email that multiple investment petitions for GreenTech were yet to be approved.
However, this was not the only attempt by Rodham and McAuliffe to get assistance from the Obama administration for their business venture.
McAuliffe sent a letter in December 2010 directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, McAuliffe complained that USCIS was “standing in the way of creating thousands of jobs for U.S. workers.”
McAuliffe wanted all of the company’s pending EB-5 investors to have their petitions expedited by DHS so that GreenTech could quickly advance one of its upcoming projects.
McAuliffe and Rodham have long run into image problems due to their use of the EB-5 program.
Officials at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership were wary of McAuliffe’s EB-5 fundraising plan, which they saw as a “visa-for-sale scheme” and worried that it could eventually “give the Commonwealth a black eye.”
“Green” cronyism: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snack these days in D.C.
**Written by Doug Powers
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