In the crazy world of connection between everything, could it be that Harry Reid feels some strange kinship with Republican candidate Mike Rounds over his scandalous exploitation of the EB-5 visa investment program?
I cite Breitbart with caution, but here we go:
On December 16, 2013 Cause of Action submitted an ethics complaint charging that Reid inappropriately influenced then-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and another official for the approval of EB-5 visas for certain “favored investors” that had not been approved due to “suspicious financial activity.”
“Despite the fact that these applications were ineligible for appeal, Senator Reid's efforts to lobby USCIS resulted in the reconsideration and approval of these applications, as well as the subsequent securing of millions of dollars in foreign and domestic funds for the SLS Hotel & Casino and American Dream Fund EB-5 Regional Center—both of which are major contributors to the Democratic Party and its candidates,” the initial December complain letter read. “Even more troublesome is the fact that Senator Reid's son, Rory Reid, and his law firm, Lionel, Sawyer & Collins P.C., are legal counsel to the SLS Hotel & Casino” [Caroline May, "Senate Ethics Committee Conveniently Misplaces Reid Ethics Complaint," Breitbart, 2014.10.28].
I find almost no one but conservative media making a fuss over the Reid's EB-5 strong-arming. But maybe Weiland's promise to repeal the EB-5 program has stoked Senator Reid's fire against the South Dakota populist.
Rick, maybe it's time to retool one of those EB-5 ads to add a Harry Reid footnote.