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Joe Biden seems to be enriching his friends and donors right under the American peoples’ noses.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm is not the only prominent Democrat with financial ties to an electric bus company repeatedly boosted by the Biden administration, documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon show.
Nicholas and Joby Pritzker—members of Illinois Democratic governor J.B. Pritzker’s megadonor family—own nearly 12 million shares of ArcLight through their venture capital fund, Tao Capital. ArcLight in January announced a $1.6 billion merger with Proterra, which will see the electric vehicle manufacturer go public in 2021. Granholm served on Proterra’s board for nearly four years and still holds up to $5 million in company stock.
National Economic Council director Brian Deese is also tied to Proterra through BlackRock, the investment giant where he worked as global head of sustainable investing before joining the Biden administration. BlackRock is one of several investment firms that pumped a combined $415 million into the Proterra merger, and Deese reported holding more than $2.4 million in BlackRock vested restricted stock in his February financial disclosure. These investors are posed for steep gains, as ArcLight’s stock price has surged 50 percent—from $11.90 to $18 per share—since January.
The revelations come as congressional Republicans demand investigations into potential conflicts of interest between the Biden administration and Proterra, which could receive billions in taxpayer funds through a proposed infrastructure package. Rep. Ralph Norman (R., S.C.), who serves as ranking member on the environment subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told the Free Beacon that “the American people deserve to understand the full extent of Secretary Granholm’s involvement with Proterra.”
It is unclear if any ethics violations have occurred, so far.