Republicans are using Virginia's gubernatorial race as a dry run to test attacks on Hillary Clinton for cronyism if she runs for the White House in 2016 (The Hill). The GOP feels it has the perfect stand-in for Clinton this year in Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton confidante running to become governor of Virginia. Republicans are focused on a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into GreenTech Automotive, an electric car company founded by McAuliffe. The probe concerns the company’s use of visas provided to foreign investors who invest more than $500,000 into U.S. companies. Republicans are hammering McAuliffe over the company, questioning whether he used his political connections to push visas through the immigration process. They have also raised questions about Tony Rodham, Hillary’s brother, who headed an investment firm that helped GreenTech gain foreign investors. His involvement helps Republicans underline the connection between McAuliffe and Clinton.