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Before Watchdog, McAuliffe blamed federal officials for money trouble

By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Months before his company blamed for its financial troubles, an attorney working for Terry McAuliffe was blaming the federal government — warning federal officials that their failure to quickly approve applications for McAuliffe’s foreign investors had jeopardized the company’s finances and could bring down the U.S. government’s entire cash-for-visa program.
In a July 7, 2011, email to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDirector Alejandro Mayorkas,attorney Dawn Lurie relayed complaints from officials at Gulf Coast Funds Management. The Virginia-based regional center was certified by USCIS in 2008 to raise foreign capital for GreenTech Automotive through the federal EB-5cash-for-visas program.

McAuliffe car company announces it’s ready to roll — again

By Tori Richards and Kenric Ward |
ALEXANDRIA — GreenTech Automotive announced Wednesday that construction of an assembly plant is “entering Phase 2” for production of electric and hybrid vehicles — nearly two years behind schedule.
The car company, partially owned by Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, said it is “developing a manufacturing facility being designed to have an annual production capacity of 30,000 vehicles,” according to a news release distributed by a public relations news service.