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As part of the 2009 job-creating stimulus, the government has committed nearly $40 billion to clean energy projects. The first loan guarantee went to Solyndra Inc., a California solar firm backed by an Obama fundraiser. But instead of picking a winner, the government backed a loser. The firm failed, putting more than 1,000 people out of work and taxpayers on the hook for $535 million.

Among questions now: Did the White House unduly influence the process? Did the Energy Department rush its first commitment, ignoring warning signs about the company's viability? Will this failed project cost Obama?

Reporters following this story are Ronnie Greene, who was a member of The Miami Herald's investigative team before joining the Center for Public Integrity, and Matthew Mosk, an ABC News producer who previously worked for The Washington Post. 

To see the stories on Solyndra by iWatch News/ABC News: click here.