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 "South Korea":

"… ished U.S. allies, including most countries in Europe as well as Japan and South Korea, along with good friends like India and Singapore — without the exemptio …"

Scandalized DOE loan program has Romney connection

By Michael Beckel

Scandalized federal loan program was lobbied by Romney fundraiser.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Roy Blunt":

"… April, while Blunt collected $28,700. Notably, Blunt is the wife of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has been one of Romney’s biggest boosters on Capitol Hill. …"

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 "Fred Upton":

"… rushed out the door while every red flag was ignored,” Republican Reps. Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns said in a statement Wednesday.Though the Energy Departme …"

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 "chairman and CEO":

"… invests in technology and health care concerns. He’s now the company’s chairman and CEO.’I have the skills’In January 2010, the administration tapped him for …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… yed to see emails surface suggesting his department "pushed very hard" for Solyndra to delay announcing its first round of layoffs until after the midterm ele …"

"… r felt pressure from the White House or from Obama campaign donors to pick Solyndra for a $535 million loan. The government-supported solar-panel manufacturer …"

"… federal investigations."I want to be clear," Chu said. "Over the course of Solyndra's loan guarantee, I did not make any decision based on political considera …"

"… sion based on political considerations. My decision to guarantee a loan to Solyndra was based on the analysis of experienced professionals and on the strength …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… v. 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 "Solyndra":

"… on this program is necessary,” the IG concluded. …"

"… den green energy loan guarantee announced under the Obama administration. Solyndra did make the layoff announcement, the documents say, on Nov. 3 — a day a …"

"… payers could lose their investment in the upstart firm. Earlier this year, Solyndra fired 1,100 workers, filed for bankruptcy and faced a raid by federal agen …"

"… , according to the committee memo, in an email from a private firm backing Solyndra, Argonaut Private Equity. In late October 2010, as Solyndra’s finances …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… the deliberations landed on West Wing desks just as the solar energy firm Solyndra was starting to show outward signs of financial trouble. It was sent by Da …"

"… t will be caught up in the wave of GOP attacks that are surely coming over Solyndra and other inside DOE deals that have gone to Obama donors and have underpe …"

"… -- on its own terms -- to a subpoena for all materials that reference the Solyndra loan in any way. Chu is scheduled to testify before a House Energy and Com …"

"… fy before a House Energy and Commerce investigative subcommittee about the Solyndra loan this week. White House officials said the emails received by Con …"

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 "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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… Earlier this year, the Republican-led committee pressed a subpoena for Office of Management and Budget records on the Solyndra deal. That subpoena was approved in a vote that fe …"

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 "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… ts high-priced Roadster to a niche market that includes George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But company executives told ABC News that its future depends on the succe …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ported applicants who would be building their cars on American soil. "The Department of Energy and Fisker executives are splitting hairs about where the money went," sai …"

"… ompany had announced its decision to build the Karma in Finland. While the Department of Energy did set aside about $170 million to finance the development of the Karma, …"

"… workers 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 …"

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 "Vice President":

"… esigned. …"

"… backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore and a campaign donor to President Obama. The other is Tesla Motors …"

"… not made available but his office issued a statement: “The Office of the Vice President did not encourage the Department of Energy to choose any particular compan …"

"… tiveness. Doerr has not replied to interview requests since March. Former Vice President Al Gore is another Kleiner Perkins senior partner. Gore could not be reach …"

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 "Washington":

"… in large part due to the economic situation and the political stalemate in Washington, which has been a deterrent to fundraising.”In particular, the Obama cam …"

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 "Fred Upton":

"… Secretary of the Treasury before granting any deviation in the loan," said Fred Upton, R-Mich., chair of the committee. "Putting the taxpayers at the back of th …"

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 "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 "Fred Upton":

"… y projects. Republicans who are heading the congressional probe – Reps. Fred Upton (Mich.) and Cliff Stearns (Fla.) – released a statement Thursday saying …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… stand how signs of Solyndra's financial trouble had been overlooked by the Department of Energy. …"

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 "Steven J. Spinner":

"… tive energy firms, iWatch News and ABC News have learned. One of them was Steven J. Spinner, a high-tech consultant and investor in energy companies who raised at lea …"

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 "Washington":

"… tly Subsidy SurvivesIt just goes to show that once a program is created in Washington, it’s very hard to kill. The Essential Air Service subsidy was designed …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… rs get to recoup their $75 million investment earlier this year before the U.S. government stands in line in Solyndra's bankruptcy proceedings.The House committee sa …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… and a very good investment." …"

"… tated by current circumstances," wrote Walter F. Brown Jr., the lawyer for Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison in a letter to Congress. Among those circumstances, th …"

"… osition not to [take the Fifth]," wrote Jan Nielsen Little, the lawyer for Solyndra's chief financial officer, W.G. Stover, Jr., in a separate letter. In a s …"

"… ancial officer, W.G. Stover, Jr., in a separate letter. In a statement, a Solyndra spokesperson said Harrison and Stover would be "unable to provide substant …"

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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