By this time most everyone knows about the Solar Company Solyndra & the hundreds of millions of our dollars that were flushed down the toilet.
Let’s take a leap down the rabbit hole. But first a pop quiz.
Who said this?
“The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra . . . The future is here. We’re poised to transform the ways we power our homes and our cars and our businesses. And we’re poised to lead our competitors in the development of new technologies and products and businesses. And we are poised to generate countless new jobs, good-paying middle-class jobs, right here in the United States of America.”
You guessed it. It was King Barack in May of 2010. Too bad that wasn’t the Daily Double.
Oops. I forgot Alice is still falling. Let’s see what she has uncovered.
The Washington Post wrote, “Solyndra company executives ramped up their Washington lobbying efforts, hiring a former Senate aide to work with the White House and the Energy Department. . . .
[P]ublic records show that since 2008, Solyndra has spent more than $1 million on lobbying inside the Beltway.
Lobbying expenditures of $160,000 a year in 2008 and 2009 accelerated as Solyndra’s financial and political troubles mounted. By 2010, such spending had grown to $550,000. So far this year, Solyndra has reported spending $220,000, but that number will grow as more reports filter in.”
Senate Aide, eh. Who might that be? His name is Steve McBee. McBee, a former top staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and powerful House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., reportedly wrote key provisions in the stimulus bill to open the spigot of green corporate welfare.
Want a couple more lobbyists? How about former John Kerry aide Andy Quinn and Gregg Rothschild, a former chief of staff for top Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
Finally we have the White Rabbit, George Kaiser. Kaiser, Solyndra’s chief investor, was a top 2008 fundraiser for Obama and met with White House officials in 2009 as the loan was in the approval process. He was also a bundler for Obama’s 2008 campaign, gathering over $50,000 in campaign contributions. Kaiser, together with Solyndra executives and board members, donated $87,050 to Obama’s campaign.
By sheer coincidence, A $10,000 donation to the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the Kaiser group’s 2009 tax forms. Who created The Urban Initiative? Oh gee, Michelle Obama. Weird, huh.
The Washington Post also reported in 2008 that Valerie Jarrett was the medical center’s chairwoman, and David Axelrod provided community support-building services.
Like Alice, my head is now spinning. I can’t go any deeper.