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GOP Rep Demands Investigation as Biden Pushes Electric Bus Company with Deep Democrat Ties

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The Washington Free Beacon discovered that, in addition to energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, several prominent Democratic donors and officials have connections to Proterra, the company the administration has boosted.

Granholm sat on Proterra’s board for four years and holds $5 million in the company’s stock, The Beacon reported.

Proterra merged with a company called ArcLight in January. Nicholas and Joby Pritzker — Democratic megadonors and relatives of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker — own roughly 12 million shares of ArcLight.

Brian Deese of the National Economic Council is also tied to Proterra through the investment firm BlackRock, where he holds more than $2.4 million in stock.

BlackRock invested in the Proterra and ArcLight merger.

Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, is calling for an investigation into Granholm in particular.

“The American people deserve to understand the full extent of Secretary Granholm’s involvement with Proterra,” he told The Beacon.

“Her position of roughly $5 million in the electric car company Proterra is another unfortunate example of politicians using their position for personal gain. … Due to the president’s recent unveiling of a $2 trillion infrastructure package, this matter should be investigated thoroughly,” he added.

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