Watchdog who signed off on Obama energy loans also an an Obama donor

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    After George W. Bush and the Haliburton connections republicans would really criticize President Obama and his connections? That might be a little hypocritical.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Aug. 24, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    To "freedomingood" what you fail to recognize is the simple fact that when it came time for Bush to make a deal with Solyndra, his advisers said that it was a dumb thing to do and that the company was not sound. The Bush administration didn't want to loan money to Solyndra. See "Bush Admin. Voted AGAINST Solyndra Loan" at FoxNews.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 23, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    May 2005: Just as a global silicon shortage begins driving up prices of solar photovoltaics [PV], Solyndra is founded to provide a cost-competitive alternative to silicon-based panels.

    July 2005: The Bush Administration signs the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law, creating the 1703 loan guarantee program.

    February 2006 – October 2006: In February, Solyndra raises its first round of venture financing worth $10.6 million from CMEA Capital, Redpoint Ventures, and U.S. Venture Partners. In October, Argonaut Venture Capital, an investment arm of George Kaiser, invests $17 million into Solyndra. Madrone Capital Partners, an investment arm of the Walton family, invests $7 million. Those investments are part of a $78.2 million fund.

    December 2006: Solyndra Applies for a Loan Guarantee under the 1703 program.

    Late 2007: Loan guarantee program is funded. Solyndra was one of 16 clean-tech companies deemed ready to move forward in the due diligence process. The Bush Administration DOE moves forward to develop a conditional commitment.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 1:44 p.m.


    double digits ago? he served positions for both GW bush and McCain and prior to this election he gave little money to either party. the reason he was selected to do the review in the first place is because he has extensive experience with both parties. If you read the article he explains why he is giving more and only to Obama.

    gave money to both parties prior to this campaign is also very clear try reading.

    Do you both think because he did the review he has lost his right to participate in the political process? If so then should we not also exclude anyone that has or had any kind of contract with the government as well?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 23, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    @ Spring Street. The words “also gave money to Obama’s campaign” are very clear, don’t you think?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    @Spring Street:

    Seriously... did you bother to read the article? This guy had a few minor positions in past Republican administrations, mostly double digit years ago. He also donated only a small fraction of the amount he recently donated to Obama's administration, and that was mostly quite a few years ago.
    To any objective observer, it would appear quite suspect when a supposedly independent investigator turns right around soon after his investigation finds no wrong doing and then gives large sums of money to the person he was supposed to be investigating. Even a warm gun far left wing like yourself should be able to see that.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 10:46 a.m.


    It was not the green energy companies that made the donation, it was the independent reviewer that gave him money after the investigation, the same man that has worked extensively for and given money to GOP leaders.

    His background? you mean his extensive work for republican leaders?

    Seriously did either of you actually read the article?

    yet another frozen gun we will have to listen to the far right try to spin for years to come.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    This substantial contributor to Obama's campaign fund supposedly made an "independent" investigation of Obama's private energy company give-aways with tax payer money. And big surprise... he finds Obama exonerated of all charges of misconduct. That's a lot like asking the fox to guard the hen house. It just doesn't hold up. Given his background, it is nearly impossible for his investigation to have been independent. As such, his findings don't mean a thing!
    There has been more cover-ups and less transparency in Obama's administration than any since Nixon. And possibly more than ever before... depending on what else keeps coming to light. There has never been more need for a change in Presidential administrations than now!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 23, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Let me get this straight! Obama gives taxpayer money to private green energy companies and they give it back to Obama’s re-election campaign! This means taxpayers are funding Obama’s campaign! Someone should go to prison for this is money laundering and felony campaign finance abuses! One abuse after another and nobody holds him accountable! And all the Democrats can say is show us Romney’s tax returns? You Democrats give hypocrisy a new meaning!