Sen. Patrick Leahy speaks at a news conference at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington on Friday, June 21, 2019.
Before Vermont’s EB-5 immigrant investor program became intertwined in the story of the state’s largest ever fraud, Sen. Patrick Leahy wanted people to associate one politician with the program: him.
Leahy’s staff in 2011 pushed then-incoming Gov. Peter Shumlin to sing the senator’s praises during his inaugural address for playing a lead role in backing the state’s EB-5 program, according to records recently obtained by VTDigger through a public records lawsuit.
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