After Democrats at the national level party announced they’ve written off South Dakota, the Weiland campaign must be getting pretty desperate. They just recently put out a hard negative tv commercial that is running quite a ways downfield from the truth.
The commercial notes in part:
When Mike Rounds ran the EB-5 program, U.S residency cards were for sale to the highest bidders, putting millions into the pockets of the Governor’s hired cronies while South Dakota taxpayers took a massive hit.
First off, when do states run federal programs? And if we’re going to quibble, when exactly do Governors run the day to day of programs? Because the US Citizenship & Immigration Services is seemingly calling Slick Rick a liar, as they claim THEY run the program:
USCIS administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a pilot immigration program first enacted in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since, certain EB-5 visas also are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.
And for the “sale to the highest bidder claim” – again, we go to the program’s guidelines:
Required minimum investments are:
General. The minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1 million.
Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area). The minimum qualifying investment either within a high-unemployment area or rural area in the United States is $500,000.
A targeted employment area is an area that, at the time of investment, is a rural area or an area experiencing unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average rate.
A rural area is any area outside a metropolitan statistical area (as designated by the Office of Management and Budget) or outside the boundary of any city or town having a population of 20,000 or more according to the decennial census.
Again, the truth fails to remotely resemble anything in Slick Rick’s snake oil commercial. I’m not seeing any bidding component in this federal program he’s trying to claim Rounds supposedly ran.
The truth of the matter is that Weiland has to try to sensationalize and stretch the story beyond any conceivable boundary, because the real EB -5 story is kind of boring.
If the Rounds campaign presses it, I would think they could get this commercial yanked off the air for a basic lack of ‘truthiness.’ Because the main premise of it and major statements lack any shred of it.
Not that a lack of truth would stop Rick Weiland from throwing the mud out there.