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 "Solyndra":

"… nkruptcy after receiving DOE money, including California solar panel maker Solyndra. In several cases, the Center and ABC reported last year, green …"

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 "health care law":

"… s, Catholic hospitals." THE FACTS: The requirement under the health care law that most employers cover birth control free of charge to female employees …"

Scandalized DOE loan program has Romney connection

By Michael Beckel

Scandalized federal loan program was lobbied by Romney fundraiser.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… a company that was awarded a $400 million loan guarantee through the same Department of Energy program that aided Solyndra, the now-bankrupt California company that incl …"

"… fy. Abound paid $150,000 to FaegreBD Consulting to lobby Congress and the Department of Energy from November through March, records show. Tripodi is one of 25 lobbyists …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… t's review of the $535 million loan to now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra, triggering a rushed consultation that may have left concerns unresolved, …"

"… iews and ignored warning signs echo previous iWatch News reporting on Solyndra.The loan, originally touted as a model of President Obama’s green energy …"

"… The Treasury report echoes what our investigation has shown over and over; Solyndra was a bad bet from the beginning that was rushed out the door while every …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… nded to help resolve concerns triggered by the political backlash over the Obama administration’s failed $535 million investment in upstart solar firm Solyndra, which d …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… overnment contracts, loans and other favors, citing the failed energy firm Solyndra, which collapsed after receiving a $535 million Department of Energy loan …"

"… llapsed after receiving a $535 million Department of Energy loan guarantee.Solyndra was partly financed by George Kaiser, a 2008 Obama bundler. Kaiser has den …"

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 "energy":

"… lection of the California company for the first Obama administration green energy loan, and he testified that he never felt pressure from the White House or …"

"… was a calculated risk, and a necessary part of building a robust new clean energy industry."It is extremely unfortunate what happened to Solyndra," he said. …"

"… s bankruptcy, he replied: “Not very much.” The loan to the California energy firm was at one time held up by the Obama administration as a model of the …"

"… administration as a model of the president's plan to infuse start-up clean energy firms with federal support in hopes of sprouting a vibrant new high-tech i …"

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 "Steven Chu":

"… it agreed to keep investors in line first in bankruptcy. Energy Secretary Steven Chu signed off on the arrangement, records show. Chu, facing escalating critic …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ayoffs last year after securing a half-billion dollar government loan, the Department of Energy dispatched an unusual request: Hold off announcing the cutbacks until afte …"

"… News and ABC News. “But as the 180,000 pages of documents that the Department of Energy turned over to the Committee indicate, the Department’s decisions about …"

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 "Steven Chu":

"… nal White House emails reveal that a scathing critique of Energy Secretary Steven Chu by a former Obama political advisor was widely circulated at the highest l …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… n taxpayers to find out." …"

"… l of the internal communications about the $535 million government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel manufacturer that went bankrupt. The White House …"

"… that the emails rebutted the repeated assurances from the White House that Solyndra did not attempt to use political influence to secure its federal loan, or …"

"… est Kaiser and his advisors saw no advantage in trying to pull strings for Solyndra inside the White House — and in fact, may have viewed such efforts as de …"

Few stimulus-financed energy projects were ‘shovel ready’

By Alexandra Duszak

Inspector general scrutinizes federal spending throughout Energy Department

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… ailed $535 million investment in the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Questions about Solyndra are likely to escalate amid a San Jose Mercury N …"

"… ent in the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Questions about Solyndra are likely to escalate amid a San Jose Mercury News report Wednesday  …"

"… y executives pocketed bonuses from $37,000 to $60,000 in the months before Solyndra’s collapse and dismissal of 1,100 workers. Thursday, the scrutiny of th …"

"… s collapse and dismissal of 1,100 workers. Thursday, the scrutiny of the Solyndra financing will likely intensify as a House committee weighs issuing a subp …"

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 "Troubled Asset Relief Program":

"… cial Herb Allison, who stepped down in September 2010 after overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program. A former investment banker, Allison has served on the boards of financial …"

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 "Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing":

"… sed questions about the Energy Department’s oversight of the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program. An audit this year by the GAO criticized the Energy Departm …"

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 "Al Gore":

"… s being financed in part by a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has Al Gore as a board member. "I believe in free enterprise, not in crony capitalism …"

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 "energy":

"… rtment of energy as it invests billions of taxpayer dollars in alternative energy. The questions follow the administration’s failed $535 million investmen …"

"… how the energy Department doles out billions in highly sought after green energy seed money. A key question, experts and investigators say, is whether ano …"

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 "New York":

"… Jon Corzine, a $500,000+ bundler in his own right, to try and shore up his New York financial support. Corzine has already held a high-end fundraiser and orga …"

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 "DOE":

"… on dollar federal loan, a Congressional hearing Friday revealed. When the DOE refinanced the government's $535 million loan to the California solar pane …"

"… rtment documents released by the committee also show that officials warned DOE and the White House about the refinancing. The Office of Management and B …"

"… gement and Budget also raised questions, emails show. In December 2010, as DOE moved to restructure the loan, an OMB official wrote: “There are some qu …"

"… B official wrote: “There are some questions at the staff level about how DOE is going about the restructuring for Solyndra. At least one involves the l …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… r investigation by the Justice Department, the Treasury Department and the Department of Energy's Inspector General.The Obama administration had selected Solyndra as the …"

"… stand how signs of Solyndra's financial trouble had been overlooked by the Department of Energy.Another hearing is planned Firday morning, when the committee will explore …"

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 "Steven Chu":

"… cure new investors.” That warning came one month before Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced DOE’s commitment to back the solar panel firm.There also appea …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… s that did not work out. Solyndra was one of them." "All I can say is the Department of Energy made these decisions based on their best judgments," Obama said, defending …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… g, which is this was a merit-based decision made by career staffers at the Department of Energy. And as we’ve said from the beginning, supporting fledgling innovating t …"

"… e email warned in April 2010. OMB officials also seemed concerned with the Department of Energy’s apparent failure to monitor the progress at companies that were heavil …"

"… be strong going into the fall with their new facilities on line.”Another Department of Energy official wrote: “Bottom line is that we believe the company is okay in t …"

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 "Exelon":

"… ith the award, a company official said. Spinner invested $1,001-$15,000 in Exelon. A subsidiary of Exelon was awarded a $200 million DOE grant in late 2009. …"

"… official said. Spinner invested $1,001-$15,000 in Exelon. A subsidiary of Exelon was awarded a $200 million DOE grant in late 2009. A spokeswoman said the …"

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 "Whistleblower":

"… ttle bit helps.Until next week,Bill BuzenbergExecutive Director …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… stand how signs of Solyndra's financial trouble had been overlooked by the Department of Energy. "I want to ask Mr. Harrison if he thinks the American people who investe …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… cs -- including Kaiser's charitable work. And both the White House and the Department of Energy have been steadfast in their position that politics played no role in the …"

"… at politics played no role in the decision to grant Solyndra the loan."The Department of Energy conducted exhaustive reviews of Solyndra's technology and business model p …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… cs -- including Kaiser's charitable work. And both the White House and the Department of Energy have been steadfast in their position that politics played no role in the …"

"… politics played no role in the decision to grant Solyndra the loan. "The Department of Energy conducted exhaustive reviews of Solyndra's technology and business model p …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… may not be the best bet for federal loan guarantees. Too late, by then the Department of Energy had jumped to make Solyndra the poster child for the Obama administration …"

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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