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 "Chairman":

"… administration’s reckless gamble,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-MI, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee …"

"… Fred Upton, R-MI, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy, R-PA, said last week. Others who closely scrut …"

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 "Israel":

"… even one nuclear weapon, let alone five. That point isn't even disputed by Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the world at the United …"

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 "model":

"… us iWatch News reporting on Solyndra.The loan, originally touted as a model of President Obama’s green energy program, has become a political weapon …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ement them.” …"

"… aid White House spokesman Eric Schultz, “today’s report finds that the Department of Energy has been judicious in balancing these risks.”Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the r …"

"… to spotlight major problems early in the process.The White House said the Department of Energy “is reviewing the recommendations and will carefully identify the best w …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ailed energy firm Solyndra, which collapsed after receiving a $535 million Department of Energy loan guarantee.Solyndra was partly financed by George Kaiser, a 2008 Obama …"

"… first-time Obama bundler has an energy grant application pending with the Department of Energy.Simon Ahn is an Atlanta area entrepreneur and has bundled between $100,000 …"

"… chigan electric car business which is awaiting a decision on a $65 million Department of Energy loan. The company, Alte Powertrain Technologies, hopes to use the proceeds …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… ties to Obama. One of the top investors in Solyndra, Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, was also a prolific fundraiser for Obama during the 2008 campaign. …"

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 "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 "internet profiles":

"… he President's general philosophy on energy policy." Carol is described in internet profiles as an "evangelist for new ideas and approaches to galvanize and build the …"

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 "Privilege":

"… ing the President's blackberry messages, as we are respectful of Executive Privilege," said Upton. "What is the West Wing trying to hide? We owe it to American …"

Few stimulus-financed energy projects were ‘shovel ready’

By Alexandra Duszak

Inspector general scrutinizes federal spending throughout Energy Department

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Friedman":

"… t reality: Few shovel ready projects and some 100 ongoing investigations. Gregory Friedman, Energy’s Inspector General, said the DOE programs benefiting from the R …"

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 "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 "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 "Department of Energy":

"… Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joe Biden heralded a half-billion-dollar Department of Energy loan that would transform the idled site into a production line for electr …"

"… a project so vast. There is intense scrutiny of the decisions made by the Department of Energy as it invests billions of taxpayer dollars in alternative energy. The ques …"

"… uated from 1 percent to 3 percent. Industry watchers question whether the Department of Energy had the auto industry know-how to make an informed decision, and they worr …"

"… base price of $96,895, was supposed to be in showrooms last year, said the Department of Energy press release announcing the government’s loan commitment. “The four-d …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… y intend to invest heavily in outside groups. In the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission, these groups can …"

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 "model":

"… imately approved in 2009 and for months was touted by President Obama as a model of his efforts to create new jobs in the emerging field of clean energy. B …"

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 "model":

"… ews Monday that he does not regret touting the solar company Solyndra as a model of his jobs program, or loaning $535 million in taxpayer money to the comp …"

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 "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 "model":

"… solar panel manufacturer, which just one year earlier had been touted as a model of President Obama's green jobs program. The Obama administration had sel …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… tion from Solyndra's prime investors -- including Oklahoma oil billionaire George Kaiser, a bundler of campaign contributions to the president in 2008.That quest f …"

"… or investors in the company is an Obama fundraiser -- Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser -- who has visited the White House 16 times, including four meetings with …"

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 "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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