#WickerWatch: Roger, Haley, and the GreenTech Debacle


As reported by Michael Patrick Leahy in Breitbart, Senator Roger Wicker is very much a part of Haley Barbour’s political machine, a vast network that dominates Mississippi politics. And with every machine is corruption and government-funded boondoggles.
One of the most scandal-ridden involved Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and GreenTech Automotive, which built a plant in Tunica, Mississippi with the support of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who fell right in with McAuliffe and Bill Clinton. And who provided a helping hand? Roger Wicker.
As Leahy writes:
Throughout his long career in Washington, Wicker has remained loyal to Barbour.
Perhaps nothing better illustrates that loyalty than the help Wicker provided to Barbour and current Democratic Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe in securing EB-5 visas for Chinese investors in the controversial Mississippi-based GreenTech Automotive, a bipartisan crony-capitalist debacle that has unraveled so completely that the State of Mississippi is now suing to recover the $6.4 million it loaned the venture when Barbour was governor of Mississippi.
As Cause of Action noted in a devastating 2013 report:
As GreenTech Chairman, in an email to then-Governor Haley Barbour, McAuliffe cited efforts by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) to pressure the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas into fast-tracking EB-5 visa applications that would provide Chinese investments for GreenTech.
McAuliffe sent numerous emails to Director Mayorkas and Douglas Smith, Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for the Office of the Private Sector, expressing frustration with USCIS’ slow visa approval process. Smith attended GreenTech’s groundbreaking at its temporary Horn Lake facility, where McAuliffe also privately met with President Bill Clinton and Chinese investors.
Anthony Rodham, brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is President and CEO of Gulf Coast Funds Management (Gulf Coast) the country’s largest Regional Center for processing EB-5 investments, and the manager of EB-5 investments for GreenTech.

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