Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Rounds insists that he was not involved in the "transactional details" of his own EB-5 visa investment program.
Does writing a letter to support an EB-5 investor's visa application count as a transactional detail? If so—well, Governor Rounds didn't do it, but his Department of Agriculture did, and they invoked his policy goals to help transact that detail:
Dairy development specialist David Skaggs looks at this nice gentleman's $500,000 investment in the first round of EB-5 funding for Northern Beef Packers back in 2007, asserts that investment will create the necessary three direct (read: real) and seven indirect (read: imaginary) jobs, and says that money "is considered very important to the economy of South Dakota and our Governor's Value Added Agriculture policy."
Maybe I don't understand such things, but I think if I'm an assistant to an assistant of a gubernatorial appointee, I don't go invoking the Governor's policy agenda in correspondence with the federal government unless I know the governor knows and approves of my invocation.
So, just to review: we have NSU, Board of Regents, AG's office, GOED lawyers, Jason Gant and his 2008 GOAC, and now the Department of Agriculture with their fingerprints all over EB-5. Was everyone in Pierre except for Mike Rounds involved in EB-5? How many more documents do we have to find before Mike Rounds just admits EB-5 was his responsibility?