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Documents: Electric car firm led by McAuliffe didn’t provide details for Va. incentives

RICHMOND, Va. — An electric car firm headed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe never provided Virginia officials enough details to obtain economic development incentives, according to an Associated Press review of state records.

McAuliffe claimed in a Dec. 5 news conference that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership didn’t want to bid on GreenTech Automotive’s proposed plant to manufacture tiny, low-speed, all-electric two-seaters, so the project went to Mississippi.

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“That’s their choice. Other states — I think Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi — have a very aggressive (effort) to bring manufacturing in. Obviously, Virginia was my first choice,” he said after a tour of a Richmond-area office building.

More than 600 pages of emails and other correspondence The Associated Press obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the state was dubious of the project from its beginning in 2009. But they also show the company exacerbated VEDP’s misgivings by failing to satisfy questions about its financing and viability from senior officials under two governors — Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Bob McDonnell
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