The prospect of a Hillary Clinton’s run for the Presidency “is already yielding an almost-weekly civics lesson in the crony government that feeds the Clinton machine: mining connections to public office for private profit.” The Wall Street Journal,
The latest exhibit is a scathing report by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security into abuses of the EB-5 investor visa program. Under this program, a foreigner who invests at least $500,000 to create jobs for American citizens can be granted permanent residency along with his family.
The IG was investigating complaints by career government employees that the number two man in Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, had used his earlier position as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to favor top Democrats seeking visas for foreign investors. In each of the three instances the IG investigated, the report says that “but for Mr. Mayorkas’ intervention, the matter would have been decided differently.” …
The first is Terry McAuliffe, co-chair of Bill Clinton’s 1996 election campaign and the friend who put up $1.35 million of his own cash so the Clintons could buy the house they wanted in Chappaqua, N.Y., when they left the White House. Mr. McAuliffe was seeking help for GreenTech Automotive, an electric car company he’d help found. The issue came up during his 2013 race for Virginia Governor but didn’t stop him from winning.
The other is Tony Rodham, who was CEO of Gold Coast Funds Management, the company financing Mr. McAuliffe’s car venture. His sister was Secretary of State at the time.