Two weeks after Citizens United’s release of Fast Terry, a 30-minute film documenting the controversial business dealings and political opportunism of Terry McAuliffe, the main stream media is finally picking up the scent of our trail.
Both the New York Times and Washington Post went after McAuliffe and his wake of empty promises and disappointed former employees in major stories within the last week. Not only did these two publications present damning evidence against McAuliffe’s questionable business practices, but their findings corroborated our own presentation of the facts.
In short, these stories are adding fuel to the fire we started and stoked with Fast Terry.
The New York Times’ piece chronicles the cronyism McAuliffe engaged in by using his connections with various members of the Clinton family to negotiate deals to help finance his electric car company – GreenTech. McAuliffe even met with senior Department of Homeland Security officials in hopes of speeding up the bureaucracy surrounding the controversial EB-5 program.
The primary critique of Terry McAuliffe is his grand proclamations but failed history of job creation here in the states, but success in China. The Times’ piece touches on this as well. “[A] former executive said GreenTech’s timeline for building an electric car in less than five years, extremely ambitious for auto industry standards, was influenced by Mr. McAuliffe’s desire to add ‘job creator’ to his resume.”
McAuliffe’s close connection to the Clintons isn’t lost on the Associated Press, who report that Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations could even be damaged by her family’s relationship with the controversial businessman. “While Clinton has tried to keep a relatively low profile this summer, her aides have found themselves having to answer for her family’s connections to the two campaigns. An electric car company started by Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton friend and former Democratic National Committee chairman, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission along with a firm led by Anthony Rodham, Clinton’s brother. The investigation centers on how they sought visas for foreign investors to McAuliffe’s company.”
The Washington Post takes their criticism a step further, reporting that McAuliffe’s confident guarantees are falling well short of coming to fruition saying, “GreenTech runs a temporary assembly plant in an old elevator factory. There, fewer than 100 workers are producing no more than one car every two or three days, according to current and former company employees.”
The Washington Post finally interviewed many of the same former GreenTech employees that our production team did for Fast Terry, and came to the same conclusion: Terry McAuliffe may very well be a job creator, but you’d have to travel to China to see the results.