By Gary McIntyre
Hillary and Bill Clinton have practically made an art out of shady “pay to play” politics.
Now it looks like their family members and political allies are getting in on the corruption.
Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton confidante, are being accused of running a massive green card immigration scam.
Rodham and McAuliffe are facing a federal lawsuit from 32 Chinese investors who say they were promised green cards to stay in America in exchange for wads of cash.
In fact, according to the lawsuit, Rodham and McAuliffe claimed they could leverage their “political connections” to guarantee that visa applications “will get to the top of the pile, and then be approved.”
We can all guess what those “political connections” were.
As Politico first reported, Rodham and McAuliffe allegedly claimed they could get green cards for Chinese investors through something known as the EB-5 visa program.
That allows foreign nationals to come to America and eventually earn green cards or “permanent resident” status if they invest at least $500,000 in a U.S. company.
And, of course, that company was controlled by Rodham and McAuliffe.
Rodham and McAuliffe operated an electric car company known as GreenTech, and the Chinese investors claim they kicked in $560,000 apiece in exchange for promises that they’d get green cards.
But, according to the lawsuit, Rodham and McAuliffe deceived the investors about GreenTech’s finances and the number of jobs it would create.
Now, the company is facing a slew of financial and legal troubles, which is putting the Chinese investors’ immigration status in jeopardy.
“They painted a false picture of the state of the company, including instructing employees to pretend to be working while investors toured the plant,” the suit claims.
McAuliffe had been chairman of GreenTech until he left in 2014 after being elected governor of Virginia.
This isn’t the first time that one of Rodham’s business deals has come under scrutiny. But GreenTech, and the appearance of selling U.S. green cards, is bound to be a major headache for McAuliffe.
McAuliffe is said to be considering a 2020 run for president. If he throws his hat into the ring, expect his GreenTech dealings to become a major issue.
In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on the lawsuit as it progresses.