Hillary Clinton’s n’er-do-well brother Tony Rodham is at it again -boldly using his Clinton family connections to line his own pockets. Once again he’s looking for Chinese investors to hand over $500,000 each for jobs creation projects that would then give them EB5 pay-for -visa, allowing them in live and work in the U.S. And, of course, he and his firm will get a cut of the investment.
That’s the same program that the Homeland Security Inspector General criticized last week for giving at least the “appearance” of special favors and special access to Tony Rodham, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and their Gulf Coast Investment Corp. It was a lot more than the “appearance” of favors. Alejandro Mayorkos, the head os U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, (USCIS) overrode the professional staff recommendations to deny the Gulf Coast application.
Tony was the make believe CEO of Gulf Coast who plastered his name on the stationery and the door to the office, but never showed up. They didn’t really need him: All they needed was the name of the brother of the Secretary of State. And, not surprisingly, the only investment client of Gulf Coast was Mc Auliffe’s GreenTech Automotive. One big happy family. (Remember that McAuliffe was the Clinton friend who guaranteed their $1.3 million mortgage while Bill was still president)
But Tony’s surfaced again. According to Josh Gerstein of Politico, Tony is now chief of Global EB5 Investor Relations and Government Affairs for Global City Regional Center in Philadelphia., which has partnered with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development to develop commercial and rental property in Philadelphia. Tony can reach out to all of the Chinese companies who have paid Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation over the years.
At least one of Gulf Coast’s visa applications was for a Vice-President of Huawei Technologies, a Chinese telecom company that has been accused of spying on American industries, pirating American technologies, and providing crucial equipment to our enemies. Huawei has been trying for years to business in the U.S., but we won’t let it in because of its history of cyberspying and reported closeness to the ‘Chinese military. But Tony and McAuliffe were all too happy to help Huawei.
Except for stints as a prison guard, bouncer, and private investigator, Tony’s career has been completely based on his family connections. But Tony’s been a busy man lately. He also picked up a seat on the Board of a company that received the permit to mine for gold in Haiti. Except for stints as a prison guard, bouncer, and private investigator, Tony’s career has been completely based on his family connections.
Although Bill and Hillary Clinton have visibly – and, for the most part, legally been in charge of the majority of Haiti relief programs, they claimed to have no idea that Tony had been tapped for a Board seat. No idea whatsoever.
Would they also seriously say that they don’t know that Tony has been involved in the EB5 program, too? Tony and McAuliffe’s attempts to put political pressure on the agency was all over the news last week. But maybe they’re too busy to follow something as mundane as that. They’re tied up with email issues.
The Philadelphia folks love the Clinton cachet. Tony’s new business also tapped Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, and former congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky for its Advisory Board. Now there’s one woman who shouldn’t be giving out business advice to anyone. Mezvinsky’s husband served seven years in jail for fraud and the couple ran up millions in debt – much of it from family friends. It was never clear to what extent Marjorie had any knowledge or involvement in his crimes. But a federal bankruptcy court refused to discharge Marjorie’s millions in debts and bluntly questioned her candor, saying her attempts to portray herself as,”like millioms of women of her generation, she relied on her husband” for all financial decisions” was completely at odds with her public persona, background, and accomplishments.” The debts stayed.
But maybe Marjorie knows some investors who would be attracted by Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.
Watch for Tony to pop up all over the place with businesses who think his name and family connections will be a plus. And watch for Bill and Hillary to keep their eyes shut.