ICYMI: VP Harris’ NC Visit Showcased Business Tied To Biden’s Energy Secretary

April 21, 2021
For Immediate Release 

Raleigh, NC - A new report from the Washington Free Beacon shows how Energy Secretary Granholm owns a substantial stake in a company tied to Kamala Harris’ visit to North Carolina.

“Cal Jr. (Jeff Jackson) and Radical Liberal Erica Smith regularly blast corruption in Washington, so will they blast the Biden administration for giving free publicity to a company that the Energy Secretary has a substantial financial stake in?” said NCGOP Communications Director Tim Wigginton. “If Cal Jr. can blast Democrat Joe Machin for encouraging bipartisanship, Cal Jr. can certainly blast the apparent corruption in the Biden administration.”

Here are some of the key excerpts from the Washington Free Beacon Report: 

“Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm owns up to $5 million in the electric battery and vehicle manufacturer President Joe Biden will promote on Tuesday as part of his push for a $1.9 trillion infrastructure bill.”

“Biden’s virtual visit to the electric battery producer Proterra comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris paid a visit to Thomas Built Buses, a North Carolina-based school bus company that counts Proterra as its main supplier of electric vehicles. The back-to-back White House visits to Granholm-connected companies risk at least the appearance of impropriety and demonstrate how lawmakers can use policy initiatives to pad their own wallets.”

“The White House confirmed that Granholm still holds stock in Proterra, but said she played no role in planning the president's visit.”

“In a February 24 executive order, Biden placed Granholm in charge of "identifying risks in the supply chain for high-capacity batteries, including electric-vehicle batteries, and policy recommendations to address these risks." One of Proterra’s key products is electric-vehicle batteries.”

“Proterra’s website boasts that "our flexible design enables Proterra® EV batteries to be the best choice for commercial vehicles ranging from transit buses and trucks to delivery vehicles, construction equipment, and more."

“Nearly 85 percent of Proterra employee campaign contributions went to Democrats, including Joe Biden, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”