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Probe into top DHS official linked to McAuliffe's Greentech

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A new report reveals that the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a high-level agency official for helping Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company that funds Greentech Automotive.

This investigation centers around the use of the EB-5 program which grants visas to foreign investors who create jobs in America. EB-5 is one of many sources of funding for Greentech, and today officials from both Greentech and Gulf Coast Funds Management say they have done nothing wrong.

The report from the Associated Press shows that Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run in part by Hillary Clinton's brother, may have been given special assistance by a high level Department of Homeland Security Official.

Gulf Coast Funds Management's website only lists one company that it works with; Greentech Automotive, the company McAuliffe founded after losing the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2009.

In an email to lawmakers obtained by NBC News, the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office says that Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, "allegedly assisted with the approval" of an application for EB-5 visas submitted by Gulf Coast Funds Management.

Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham, serves on the company's board and is friends with Terry McAuliffe.

Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Governor, claims the investigation is evidence that McAuliffe is not being straight with voters when it comes to Greentech.

"Gulf Coast Fund Management is described by federal authorities as the root of this investigation," said LaCivita. "Well they only provide EB-5 services to one company- Greentech."

But Greentech officials forcefully reject any claim that they are using the EB-5 program inappropriately.

"We've met every regulation of the EB 5 program so I would say those are misguided," said Marianne McInerney, a Greentech spokesperson.

A Gulf Coast Fund Management spokesperson also denied that the company was being looked at by the feds.

"GCFM is not part of any investigation by Department of Homeland Security," wrote Simone Williams.

And according to his campaign the investigation has nothing to do with Terry McAuliffe. A spokesperson said the candidate has not been questioned by authorities.

We have more on this new report- on our political blog DecisionVirginia.com.

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