GreenTech lobbied White House aide involved in Solyndra deal

posted at 12:41 pm on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If one wants to go shopping for government subsidies for failing green-tech firms, one would naturally choose the man with the track record in that regard, right?  Franklin Center’s Watchdog.org continues its probe into GreenTech, helmed until recently by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, by perusing the White House visitor logs.  In October of 2010, McAuliffe and three GreenTech advisers met with Barack Obama’s “green energy” aide Greg Nelson, a figure in the Solyndra scandal:

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and three top GreenTech advisors met with the key White House aide responsible for helping bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra win federal loans and high-profile presidential support, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.

What they discussed in the Oct. 12, 2010, meeting with Obama “green energy” aide Greg Nelson is a mystery – the White House visitors log offers no details. But the confab came seven months after a stock transfer made McAuliffe a GreenTech majority owner and company chairman. …

In addition to Nelson and McAuliffe, the White House meeting included GreenTech finance director Gary Yi Tang, immigration and EB-5 attorney Steve Yale-Loehr and Northwestern University economist Michael K. Evans.

Yale-Loehr was on retainer for Gulf Coast Funds, which raises EB-5 funds for GreenTech. Evans had written a report detailing the impact of locating a GreenTech manufacturing plant in Tunica, Miss. He has also analyzed other projects seeking EB-5 funding.

Whatever they discussed, it apparently didn’t help much.  Nelson, whose involvement in the Solyndra deal was mainly focused on spinning news to make the White House investment look rosy, didn’t get much done for McAuliffe. Eight months later, with no assistance on the horizon for GreenTech coming directly from the White House, GreenTech turned the efforts toward Alejandro Mayorkas at DHS to get foreign investors into the country:

Whatever happened in the White House meeting apparently wasn’t enough to stave off some misfortune. Eight months later a GreenTech lawyer was emailing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Director Alejandro Mayorkas, begging his agency to fast track approval of visa applications for the company’s foreign investors under the federal EB-5 program.

It seems GreenTech had more success with Mayorkas.  He’s currently the appointee to be the #2 official at DHS — and under investigation by the department’s Inspector General for overruling denials on GreenTech investor visa applications.  A separate probe the by the SEC has targeted both GreenTech and Gulf Coast Funds for its representations to investors and for its involvement in the EB-5 visa program.  Gulf Coast Funds, by the way, has its own connection to Democratic power politics: Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham runs it.

What may be more remarkable about this story is that GreenTech didn’t get a Solyndra-style handout from the White House under the green-energy stimulus programs that funded disasters like Solyndra and A123, among others.  Perhaps wiser heads prevailed, given all of the political connections the company had acquired, and someone did some long-range thinking about what a failure would look like.  That doesn’t mean that wheels weren’t greased at DHS as an alternative strategy, and the two investigations will be very interesting to watch as they unfold.  What this does demonstrate is the way in which personal political connections can get exploited to gain access to government in order to distort markets in favor of cronies.  It’s an excellent argument for limited government that eliminates these market distortions and crony spoils systems, even if in this case no one actually pulled the trigger.


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YAWN. This is not news, it’s been SOP since day 1

NOMOBO on August 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Holy Cow. Two Bishops in one week. I’m on a roll.

NOMOBO on August 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and three top GreenTech advisors met with the key White House aide responsible for helping bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra win federal loans and high-profile presidential support, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.
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A real piece of work,he is!!

canopfor on August 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Anybody home? Guess this is really a no news story.

NOMOBO on August 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Joining ‘the check is in the mail’ as one of the biggies lies of all time is, ‘This is the most open and transparent administration ever’.

History is going to show that this is one of the most corrupt, if not the most corrupt, administrations in the history of this nation – surpassing even the Administration of Ulysses Grant and approaching that of the court of Louis XVI.

Athos on August 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Ermagersh….Politicians are crooks???

GreenTech lobbied White House aide involved in Solyndra deal

PappyD61 on August 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The only green involved in any of these kickback schemes has pictures of presidents on it, which do not look like Obama.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Networking. A valuable tool and it certainly beats using one’s own accomplisments to meet a goal. Much faster.

a capella on August 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Virginia is a hot mess.

Capitalist Hog on August 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Don’t look now but head fake going on with AMNESTY.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/chuck-schumer-immigration-95293.html

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made his clearest indication yet that he would be fine with a piecemeal approach to immigration reform preferred by the Republican-led House.

Schumer, the leader of the Gang of Eight whose comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed the Senate in June, said even if the House passes separate bills, those measures could eventually be bundled in a House-Senate conference committee.

“We would much prefer a big comprehensive bill, but any way that the House can get there is OK by us,” Schumer told CNN Wednesday. “I actually am optimistic that we will get this done.”

Keep calling, emailing, posting on Facebook, Twitter, and WRITING ON THE RNC “survey” forms they are sending out. Tell them NO AMNESTY and DEFUND OBAMACARE….or NO MONEY

PappyD61 on August 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM


GreenTech, helmed until recently by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

a stock transfer made McAuliffe a GreenTech majority owner and company chairman

GreenTech manufacturing plant in Tunica, Miss.

appointee to be the #2 official at DHS under investigation by the department’s Inspector General for overruling denials on GreenTech investor visa applications.

A separate probe the by the SEC has targeted both GreenTech and Gulf Coast Funds for its representations to investors and for its involvement in the EB-5 visa program.

This is the man who claims to be a Virginian because he has lived here for 20 years (put another way, he came to DC with the Clintons and never left). Yet, his company opted to create jobs in Mississippi and China. He’s calling his opponent a crook for accepting a dinner without reporting it and yet his company is being investigated by two separate government regulatory agencies.

Hypocrisy on steroids.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

A real piece of work,he is!!

canopfor on August 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

He claims to be a Virginian because he has been living “in the state” for twenty years. You’d think he would understand that politicians running for office here would say “in the commonwealth.” They played a clip of some interview down further south where he had what I guess a native of Syracuse thinks Virginians sound like- he talks about lovin’ to go huntin’ and skeet shootin’ with his kids.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Yes, but isn’t the real story that Cuccinelli accepted a free turkey sandwich at some event?

BuckeyeSam on August 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

And how’s that Never-y Change-y stuff workin’ out for ya?
 
verbaluce on August 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

rogerb on August 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The race toward the 7th century in the US proceeds, apace. There are two major groups, which collided, to aid the demise.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Holy Cow. Two Bishops in one week. I’m on a roll.

NOMOBO on August 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

…your casket will be on “rollers”…when Bishops union buddies show you the fine print on his transparent contract!

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

And how’s that Never-y Change-y stuff workin’ out for ya?

verbalucevirginiajuice on August 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

It’s not crony capitalism. It’s fascism.

jukin3 on August 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

hot mess.

Capitalist Hog on August 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

…got your hand on your tool again?

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

hot mess.

Capitalist Hog on August 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

…got your hand on your tool again?

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on August 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

“crony capitalism” must be the new luntz-approved buzzword, it began appearing just as conzies adopted their new “libertarian populism” gimmick.

sesquipedalian on August 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yes, but isn’t the real story that Cuccinelli accepted a free turkey sandwich at some event?

BuckeyeSam on August 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Yeah, that’s the ethics problem in this race according to the VA Dems. They’re also out after him for supporting the idea that abortions should be done in facilities that meet clinical standards.

I’m so sick and tired of seeing a vile group of crones on TV claiming that they are concerned about Ken ending legal abortions. Not one of them is in any danger of getting pregnant even with double beer goggles.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Global Crossing.

petefrt on August 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Most corrupt administration, evah!

GarandFan on August 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM