Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is on the offensive after the Washington Post reported that a 70-page document showed that Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe still had financial and legal ties to the infamous GreenTech Automotive after he publicly he announced that he had left the company last December.
“After telling the public and media for months that he had no involvement with the company, today we’re finding out that statement is blatantly untrue,” Cuccinelli said in a statement. “As it turns out, not only was McAuliffe still involved, but GreenTech was also using that ongoing involvement to lure investors and promote its brand.”
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a risk or starting a business that does not reach the success one had hoped. That’s a fundamental and important part of free market capitalism,” Cuccinelli added. “But what’s very troubling about Terry McAuliffe’s unsuccessful leadership of GreenTech is his continued pattern of misleading Virginians and keeping critical information from them about the company, its operations and the ongoing federal investigations it is embroiled in.”
GreenTech has been a sticky issue for McAuliffe who has sustained constant media attention surrounding the company’s alleged use of EB-5 visas to get Chinese investors into the U.S. However, McAuliffe said in April that he left the company last December.
“Terry McAuliffe is unwilling to be open and honest about his involvement with GreenTech Automotive,” Cuccinelli said. “I do not believe that is the kind of leadership or character Virginians want or deserve. You cannot fight for Virginia if you are unable to be honest with its citizens.”
The 70-page “Private Placement Memorandum,” given to the Washington Post by the government watchdog group Cause of Action, referenced McAuliffe as the company’s “chairman emeritus” and included photographs and references to the gubernatorial candidate’s close ties to former President Bill Clinton and other political activities.
More importantly, the confidential memorandum — dated March 12 — said that McAuliffe is “currently the largest individual shareholder” of GreenTech and that the Virginia Democrat would stay involved with the company even if he won his election.
The Post reports that the memo says “[w]ere McAuliffe to win his race for governor” he would “resign all positions with [GreenTech] and appoint a representative to vote his shares.”