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Former Terry McAuliffe adviser, GreenTech spokesman now heads Clinton PAC

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Terry McAuliffe's electric car company GreenTech Automotive has a history of friendly ties to the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor's political connections, and Virginia Watchdog on Friday uncovered two more.

Tracy Sefl, a prominent Democratic political consultant, was a McAuliffe adviser during and after her tenure as Democratic National Committee chairman from 2001 to 2005.

Between 2010 and 2011, Sefl was a GreenTech spokeswoman, according to Virginia Watchdog. McAuliffe was GreenTech chairman from 2009 until December 2012.

After leaving GreenTech, Sefl became an adviser for Ready for Hillary PAC, a political action committee promoting Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton and her husband, the former president, are close personal friends of McAuliffe's. Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham runs GreenTech's sister company, Gulf Coast, which is under investigation by the SEC for its investor visa program and alleged preferential treatment by immigration officials, according to Virginia Watchdog.

Another former GreenTech employee, director of public and government affairs Levar Stoney, now serves as McAuliffe's deputy campaign manager.

A recent investigation by nonprofit watchdog organization Cause of Action documented the multiple links between Green Tech and McAuliffe.

"The list of prominent GreenTech and Gulf Coast backers reads like an invitation to a gathering of the McAuliffe-Clinton inner circle. Together, GreenTech and its corporate predecessor, HKAC, have donated upwards of $85,000 towards McAuliffe’s campaigns for Governor," the CofA report said.

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