Welcome back to the campaign trail, EB-5!
State Rep. Paula Hawks, the Democrat who’d like to replace Rep. Noem, certainly remembers and wants you to, too:
The new criminal charges [against South Dakota’s former EB-5 czar Joop Bollen] are part of a troubling widespread pattern associated with the EB-5 program. Just this last Christmas, my opponent promised not to extend EB-5 without significant reform. Unfortunately, she broke her word and voted to extend the program with no additional safeguards despite our state’s first-hand problems with its corrupt administration and testimony from leading members of her own party. I will continue to champion accountable and transparent government when I represent South Dakota in the U.S. House [links mine; State Rep. Paula Hawks, press release, 2016.04.05].
The Hawks for House campaign began sponsoring Dakota Free Press this week, but their cash in my kitty doesn’t buy this meowing. Rep. Noem’s vote to extend the scandal-plagued EB-5 program deserves our attention, and South Dakotans deserve an explanation from their Congresswoman as to why she would talk as if she believed EB-5 needed reform then vote as if nothing were wrong with EB-5.