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October 24, 2014
Sparks fly at Senate debate over DC gridlock and EB-5
The political deadlock in Washington, D.C., and the EB-5 immigrant-investor scandal in South Dakota came under the harshest attacks during a televised debate among the four candidates for a U.S. Senate seat Thursday night. Former Republican state Sen. Gordon Howie, running as...
October 24, 2014 - 7:26am
October 23, 2014
Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 for beef plant
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of his administration — or even know about it. Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved...
October 23, 2014 - 7:38am
October 22, 2014
Rounds aware of Benda conflict before changing job
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds said he was aware before finishing his term in December 2010 that his economic development secretary Richard Benda would be leaving his state job to work for an investor in a scandal-smeared beef plant in Aberdeen. Rounds learned of...
October 22, 2014 - 10:20pm
FBI says investigation into EB-5 office still active
PIERRE (AP) — An FBI investigation into the federal investment-for-green card program and the private company that administered it is still active, a bureau spokesman said. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven confirmed to KELO-TV on Wednesday that the EB-5 program and South Dakota Regional...
October 22, 2014 - 9:56pm
October 21, 2014
Rounds, Daugaard file answers in EB-5 litigation
Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that he does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal. However, in the same affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, he did state under oath that he has “several CDs from...
October 21, 2014 - 12:16pm
October 17, 2014
Source: Bollen, lawyer in control of Northern Beef operations, finances
LA man says he met Gov. Rounds during meeting on $30M loan in South Dakota Capitol.
October 17, 2014 - 12:32pm
October 16, 2014
EB-5 immigration investment scandal might derail GOP's Senate hopes
By Sean Sullivan The battle for the Senate majority could wind up turning on a complex immigration investment scandal that sounds like the plot of a Coen Brothers film. The labyrinthine subplots involve a suicide (and doubts about whether it really was a suicide), secret business...
October 16, 2014 - 4:45pm
October 15, 2014
Rounds says he was aware of $30M loan but not involved in the details
Former Gov. Mike Rounds said he was generally aware that $30 million in financing was being lined up for a faltering Northern Beef Packers in 2010, but also said he was not directly involved in the deal. During an interview conducted in March 2014, when fewer details were publicly...
October 15, 2014 - 6:20am
Northern Beef's $30M loan hinged on $10 million in state funds, no taxes
When a $30 million loan from unidentified off-shore funds was put together for Aberdeen's Northern Beef Packers in 2010, part of the deal was a requirement that the state of South Dakota promised to kick in an additional $10 million. On page 51 of an 87-page loan agreement, the...
October 15, 2014 - 6:18am
October 13, 2014
Mysterious $30M loan to Northern Beef benefited equally mysterious LA firm
When a $30 million came to Northern Beef Packers in the summer of 2010, it kept the faltering Aberdeen plant afloat. It also provided a $950,000...
October 13, 2014 - 7:54pm
October 12, 2014
MERCER: Accidents do happen, even for US Senate
PIERRE -- Former Gov. Mike Rounds was on the ropes. Then a bunch of national Democrats came pounding into South Dakota this past week. They...
October 12, 2014 - 12:41pm
October 10, 2014
Weiland supports call for special prosecutor
Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland said Friday that he supports his party's call for a special prosecutor for the EB-5 issue. "Unfortunately, there are a lot more questions than there are answers," Weiland said about the program that offered foreign investors green cards in...
October 10, 2014 - 9:25pm
October 7, 2014
EB-5 lawsuit against SD dismissed
Rounds: 'No wrong-doing on the part of Joop Bollen'
October 7, 2014 - 9:24pm
October 6, 2014
UPDATE: Rounds' brother oversaw EB-5 litigation
While former Gov. Mike Rounds says he was unaware of legal issues arising out of South Dakota's administration of the federal EB-5 program, his brother Dennis Rounds was in charge of overseeing litigation for the governor. As executive director of South Dakota's Office of Risk...
October 6, 2014 - 6:21pm
October 3, 2014
LETTER: EB-5 questions still need answers
To the Editor: This whole thing with EB-5 really stinks. First, I’d like to agree with Bob Mercer. Where is the Richard Benda report? After he died, they tried to blame the mess on him. Then I agree with Tim Erickson: they would like it all to go away with no more said....
October 3, 2014 - 9:08pm