Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesla Motors":

"… and another California electric car maker backed by political powerhouses, Tesla Motors. Tesla paid off its $465 million U.S. loan nine years early, but Fisker’ …"

FACT CHECK: Slips in vice president's debate

By The Associated Press

Slips on Libya, Syria, auto bailout in vice presidential debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… ormer." The oft-repeated charge stems from an interview Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave in March 2011 noting that "many of the members of Congress of both pa …"

Scandalized DOE loan program has Romney connection

By Michael Beckel

Scandalized federal loan program was lobbied by Romney fundraiser.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… on loan guarantee through the same Department of Energy program that aided Solyndra, the now-bankrupt California company that included an Obama bundler as an …"

"… ral Election Commission Sunday. After receiving a federal loan guarantee, Solyndra ultimately went bankrupt, sticking taxpayers with a $535 million bill and …"

"… ndits and politicos began uttering Abound’s name in the same sentence as Solyndra this spring, after Abound announced plans to lay off 280 workers from a Co …"

Treasury Department review of Solyndra loan was rushed, report says

By Chris Hamby

Energy Department didn't involve Treasury Department until loan to now-bankrupt company was largely finalized, report says

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ;reporting on Solyndra.The loan, originally touted as a model of President Obama’s green energy program, has become a political weapon. “The Treasury r …"

DOE needs better risk management

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

In light of loans to companies like Solyndra, DOE needs better risk management of companies receving loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… ma administration’s failed $535 million investment in upstart solar firm Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy last fall.But the review never directly address …"

"… hich declared bankruptcy last fall.But the review never directly addresses Solyndra’s failure, or another DOE-backed green energy venture that went bankrupt …"

"… y for Financial Stability, writes that he “did not evaluate the loans to Solyndra and Beacon” because those companies have already failed.He also notes th …"

"… he ranking Democrat on the House committee that has been investigating the Solyndra financing and the loan program more broadly, also greeted the report as a …"

Obama rainmakers enjoy White House invites, appointments and contracts

By Fred Schulte and Aaron Mehta

Dozens of the president's top fundraisers enjoy White House invites, administration appointments and government contracts

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Kaiser":

"… illion Department of Energy loan guarantee.Solyndra was partly financed by George Kaiser, a 2008 Obama bundler. Kaiser has denied any role in seeking the loan and …"

Chu denies 'undue political influence' in Solyndra loan

By Matthew Mosk

Energy Secretary Steven Chu tells Congress he is surprised and dismayed by suggestions of undue influence behind Solyndra loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "manufacturing":

"… he decision to dedicate more than half a billion dollars to the California manufacturing firm was a calculated risk, and a necessary part of building a robust new …"

Energy Dept. offered to put private investors ahead of taxpayers if Solyndra went bankrupt

By Ronnie Greene

Email trail shows Energy Department offered to put investors first if Solyndra collapsed

Excerpts from this story referencing "company executive":

"… ll after elections at doe (sic) request,” says an email sent to a Kaiser company executive. Solyndra’s announcement came Nov. 3. …"

Emails show Energy Dept. sought to hide Solyndra layoffs until after 2010 elections

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Energy Department pressed Solyndra to delay layoffs until after pivotal 2010 election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… s handling of the maiden green energy loan guarantee announced under the Obama administration. Solyndra did make the layoff announcement, the documents say, on Nov. 3 …"

Former Obama aide predicted Solyndra scandal — and urged Chu's ouster

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Former Obama campaign staffer considered Chu 'too associated' with Silicon Valley business elite

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… te House sent to Congress. The document dump was the latest attempt by the Obama administration to respond -- on its own terms -- to a subpoena for all materials that ref …"

Obama donor weighed asking White House to save Solyndra, emails say

By Matthew Mosk

Emails from Obama bundler George Kaiser show he contemplated pulling government's strings to save solar firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… se to help their failing business venture, according to emails surfaced by Congressional investigators Wednesday, ABC News reports. "The White House has offe …"

"… of the emails came as part of an escalating battle between Republicans in Congress and the White House over a subpoena for all of the internal communications …"

"… tion and an overreach for documents that have historically been protected. Congress has set Thursday as the deadline for the White House to comply with its de …"

"… urs of the release of the internal emails between Kaiser and his advisers, Congressional investigators and administration officials were already disputing the …"

Few stimulus-financed energy projects were ‘shovel ready’

By Alexandra Duszak

Inspector general scrutinizes federal spending throughout Energy Department

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"…   …"

"… ther attempts to fraudulently obtain Recovery Act funds.” Adding to the Department of Energy’s challenges: Managing a Recovery Act bounty that is larger than the dep …"

GOP to subpoena White House over Solyndra

By Corbin Hiar

Administration seeks audit of Energy Department loans while GOP threatens to subpoena the president

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ng to the Solyndra loan guarantee.” The White House, which has provided Congress 70,000 pages of correspondence from agencies within the government about S …"

Republicans call for probe of Obama’s green car program

By Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Ronnie Greene

Representative calls for further investigation into Energy Dept. loans to electric car companies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… jobs at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. “Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, or will be, spent outside of America," a statement fr …"

Obama Administration defends Fisker cars from Solyndra comparison

By Matthew Mosk

Both Obama Administration and Finnish car company distance themselves from comparison to failed energy project Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… s loan invited comparisons to the ill-fated Energy Department loan to Solyndra, because delays and obstacles have hampered progress on the luxury electri …"

"… acles have hampered progress on the luxury electric car, called the Karma. Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that received $535 million in taxpayer support …"

"… nd the Obama administration spent the past few days trying to head off the Solyndra comparisons. They defended the administration's effort to give a boost to …"

Energy's risky $1 billion bet on two politically-connected electric car builders

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross

Two politically connected firms get $1 billion in federal loans to build electric cars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesla Motors":

"… ce President Al Gore and a campaign donor to President Obama. The other is Tesla Motors, whose prime backers include a major fundraiser for Obama and Google co-fo …"

"… muid O’Connell, vice president of corporate and business development for Tesla Motors. “I absolutely believe it was a good bet for American taxpayers.”  …"

"… on Valley company. His Westly Group was also a financial supporter of Tesla Motors until Tesla went public in 2010, and Westly himself continues to invest in …"

Obama campaign reports more than 350 big bundlers, including Solyndra figures

By Aaron Mehta

41 bundlers round up $500,000 each for Obama's re-election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Spielberg":

"… interior decorator. Two California sherpas – Andy Spahn, an associate of Steven Spielberg, and Noah Mamet – who serve as go-betweens for the talent and the politi …"

Energy Dept. ignored warnings on Solyndra, say treasury emails

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Officials say DOE was warned about refinancing of loan to solar firm Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… y Department officials that it was not following guidelines in refinancing Solyndra's half-billion dollar federal loan, a Congressional hearing Friday reveale …"

"… recoup the first $75 million of their investment should the company fail. Solyndra declared bankruptcy six weeks ago. During a House Energy and Commerce hea …"

"… ions at the staff level about how DOE is going about the restructuring for Solyndra. At least one involves the legal question of what [the statute] means for …"

"… is one piece in a long string of favorable terms the government granted to Solyndra, a start-up solar panel firm that secured the Energy Department's first lo …"

Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison resigns

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

House hearing will investigate DOE's refinancing of Solyndra loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… r, a bundler of campaign contributions to the president in 2008. …"

"… istration, has resigned.In papers filed with a bankruptcy court Wednesday, Solyndra said that Brian Harrison had left his post on Friday, Oct. 7, "as contempl …"

"… Friday, Oct. 7, "as contemplated even before these cases were commenced." Solyndra shut its doors and declared bankruptcy six weeks ago.Solyndra filed the pa …"

"… commenced." Solyndra shut its doors and declared bankruptcy six weeks ago.Solyndra filed the papers in a Delaware court in response to a motion by the Depart …"

Fundraiser for Obama urged Solyndra deal from the inside

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

With White House "breathing down my neck," bundler-turned-appointee pushed Solyndra loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… ergy Department officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife’s law firm was representing the California solar compa …"

"… or Obama's campaign, joined the DOE in April 2009.The $535 million loan to Solyndra was ultimately approved in 2009 and for months was touted by President Oba …"

"… one high ranking energy official in the White House warns shortly before Solyndra’s bankruptcy, on Aug. 26, that what’s coming is a “*#~@ show” and …"

"… s.”In the lengthy email discussions that occurred in the days before the Solyndra loan closed in September 2009, Spinner emerges as a key figure in advocati …"

Head of embattled energy loan program, Jonathan Silver, steps down

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Venture capitalist-turned-chief of embattled energy loan program resigns amid Solyndra fallout.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… ing which the program's first loan recipient, the solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, declared bankruptcy, leading to a wave of scrutiny for his agency. Energ …"

"… was forced to defend his administration's decision to lend $535 million to Solyndra, a decision that came despite deep misgivings among professional budget an …"

"… Department was giving favorable treatment to some applicants – including Solyndra. At the time, Silver strongly defended the loan to Solyndra, promising tha …"

"… – including Solyndra. At the time, Silver strongly defended the loan to Solyndra, promising that the company would be delivering thousands of new American …"

Donor warned Obama that Solyndra 'could haunt him'

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Venture capitalist's email illustrates closeness between administration and campaign bundlers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Valerie Jarrett":

"… e capitalist who raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign, emailed Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest advisers, to warn her about political fallout th …"

Solyndra executives refusing to answer bankruptcy questions

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top officers at failed solar firm Solyndra refuse to co-operate with bankruptcy proceedings

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… trouble had been overlooked by the Department of Energy. …"

"… own, according to papers filed by Justice Department lawyers late Friday.A Solyndra attorney told U.S. officials the reason he would not identify the company …"

"… ves declined to answer, according to the new bankruptcy filing: ”Whether Solyndra has a plan to repay the loan obtained from the U.S. Government.” Word of …"

"… has a plan to repay the loan obtained from the U.S. Government.” Word of Solyndra’s refusal to cooperate in bankruptcy proceedings comes just days after t …"

Bundlers on the inside

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top Obama fundraisers at Energy Department included an overseer of stimulus billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… legal fees related to the $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar company whose financial meltdown has prompted multiple investigat …"

"… e of the Obama administration’s green energy loan program in the wake of Solyndra’s bankruptcy, a key focus – and open question – is whether the presi …"

"… inner was in office. One of those law firm clients, SEC records show, was Solyndra – the California solar panel firm whose collapse put half a billion doll …"

"… company’s failed public offering, the records show. And it also provided Solyndra with outside counsel on the DOE loan guarantee transaction. The company wa …"

The weekly watchdog: Sept. 19 - Sept. 23

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… e the LightSquared story as well as the tale of the bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Gover …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

Officials from failed solar firm Solyndra duck questions about $535M loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… mmittee Friday. …"

"… payer rip-off," Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told the Solyndra executives. "We're not done. No we're not." The decision of Solyndra CEO …"

"… the Solyndra executives. "We're not done. No we're not." The decision of Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W. G. Stover to repeatedly …"

"… ancial Officer W. G. Stover to repeatedly refuse to answer questions about Solyndra's Energy Department loan guarantee was the latest twist in an unfolding in …"

Solyndra told Congress it was 'on track' for success

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

A status report of solar firm's finances assured Congress a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Valerie Jarrett":

"… he White House 16 times, including four meetings with such senior aides as Valerie Jarrett, Austan Goolsbee and Pete Rouse in the months prior to the loan's approval …"

Solyndra executives will take the Fifth before Congress

By Matthew Mosk

Top solar firm executives will plead the Fifth before Congress this week

Excerpts from this story referencing "Valerie Jarrett":

"… he White House 16 times, including four meetings with such senior aides as Valerie Jarrett, Austan Goolsbee and Pete Rouse in the months prior to the loan's approval …"

The weekly watchdog: Sept. 12 - Sept. 16

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… rg.Until next week,Bill BuzenbergExecutive Director …"

"… ed the New Solyndra?There are some troubling similarities between bankrupt Solyndra's troubles and LightSquared, a wireless company with deep connections into …"

"… o partially offset the hard-money fundraising gap enjoyed by the Democrats.Solyndra Saga ContinuesThe ill-fated and bankrupt solar company Solyndra is still i …"

"… Democrats.Solyndra Saga ContinuesThe ill-fated and bankrupt solar company Solyndra is still in the news, thanks to more exclusive coverage from iWatch News. …"

Center's Ronnie Greene Discusses Solyndra with CNN

Reporter Ronnie Greene interviewed for a CNN segment on failed solar company Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… terviewed below in this CNN report. …"

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