Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia did meet with White House officials in October of 2010. NBC12 has confirmed the meeting first revealed by the conservative website Watchdog.org.
However, both McAuliffe and White House both downplayed the significance of the meeting with Greg Nelson, who at the time worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
"Terry's recollection of the meeting was that it was an informational meeting to hear about the administration's plans for manufacturing in America and share progress of the company," said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin who confirmed the meeting did in fact happen.
The Watchdog report points out the appearance of McAuliffe on the White House visitor log, however that log is a list of scheduled meeting, not ones that actually occurred. According to Schwerin, McAuliffe's meeting did occur.
A White House official, speaking on background, said that the Office of Public Engagement and Nelson in particular met with the leaders of "thousands" of companies. McAuliffe and GreenTech just happened to be one of them.
Nelson did not just meet with companies with a focus on green technology, but with companies of all stripes. In 2010 the Obama administration was doing all it could to encourage job creation and they were open to ideas from anyone.
Republicans argue the meeting is further evidence that McAuliffe was leveraging his deep political connections to help GreenTech secure access to visas through the EB-5 program. The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services- Alejandro Mayorkas is currently under investigation by the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for allegedly giving a company connected to GreenTech, Gulf Coast Funds Management, special attention in their quest for visas.
Mayorkas, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the number 2 ranking official at the Department of Homeland Security, has fiercely rejected any claim that he offered the company any special benefit. Mayorkas did admit to meeting with McAuliffe. McAuliffe said the meeting was to help navigate the intense bureaucratic process of the EB-5 program.
In addition into the DHS probe into Gulf Coast Funds Management, the Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating GreenTech. McAuliffe said as recently as Tuesday that he has not been contacted by investigators and that he has not retained special counsel to represent him in the matter.
No one at the White House can recall if the meeting with McAuliffe led to any action by the Federal Government on behalf of GreenTech.
Republicans plan to make sure just in case.
The letters request all communications between the agencies and the White House related to GreenTech and McAuliffe. Mullins also asks for all communication related to Anthony Rodham the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rodham is an official with Gulf Coast Funds Management, and Mullins asks for all communication related to the company as well. The RPV Chair requested the information through Freedom of Information Act.