Politico drops a bombshell on #Solyndra scandal thanks to Friday WH docu-drop

Posted by: ST on October 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

One word: Wow:

A prominent 2008 Barack Obama fundraiser who held a key role in the Energy Department played an active part in Solyndra’s $535 million loan guarantee despite conflict of interest concerns over his wife’s work at a law firm that also represented the California solar company, according to internal Obama administration emails released Friday.

Steve Spinner’s involvement in the Solyndra loan had been difficult to determine until the release of hundreds of emails on Friday showing the Silicon Valley energy consultant engaged while at the DOE in a range of high-level roles.

In a series of emails sent on Aug. 28, 2009, Spinner expressed repeated frustrations with the Office of Management and Budget over the holdup on the Solyndra loan.

“Any word from OMB? I have the OVP and WH breathing down my neck on this,” he wrote to DOE career staffer Kelly Colyar. “Just want to make sure we get their questions. They are getting itchy to get involved if needed. I don’t want that.”

“We got their questions last night,” Colyar replied. “We’ve followed up on most, but the ball is still in our court. Bill has sent me some things, but it’s not exactly what i need. i’ve requested more.”

“How — hard is this? What is he waiting for?” Spinner replied. “Will we have it by end of day? If any risk of not, let me know.”

“How do OMB’s questions look? What you were expecting? How long for us to respond? Just so I can be better educated, can you share with me?” Spinner added.

Spinner also was central in trying to line up Obama or Vice President Joe Biden to participate via videoconference in a September 2009 groundbreaking ceremony.

Writing on Aug. 17 to the DOE’s Megan Guy, Spinner explains that the event will need to include “golden shovels, construction workers, bulldozers, ribbon cutting, tour of existing assembly line, customer testimonials.”

Spinner had some role in dealing with details of the Solyndra loan. Guy wrote in an Aug. 20, 2009, email, “Quick question – do you want to put in credit score estimates for Solyndra [redacted] and [redacted], or just use flat 11.85 percent?”

Spinner outlined his concern about the possible conflict of interest in a Sept. 23, 2009, email to DOE ethics official Sue Wadel, explaining the arrangement that his wife Allison Spinner had worked out with her law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

“WSGR has programmed Allison’s pay structure to take out any profit sharing that any of these companies may generate in fees re: DOE loan applications.”

“I shall update you monthly as the list changes,” Spinner added. “As agreed, I will recuse myself from any active participation in any of these applications (solicitations, due diligence, negotiations). Please let me know if there’s anything else I should be aware of.”

An administration official said Spinner’s work didn’t violate his recusal.

Is there anyone, anyone out there at all left who still believes the BS promises our Liar in Chief made as a candidate about “cleaning up business as usual” in Washington, DC? If so, you are – with no due respect – an idiot.

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13 Responses to “Politico drops a bombshell on #Solyndra scandal thanks to Friday WH docu-drop”


  1. Chris says:

    Well, in fairness, this was not exactly business as usual. Crony Socialism was just getting started @the time.

  2. Carlos says:

    “If so, you are – with no due respect – an idiot.”

    You have, ST, given all the respect to this administration that it deserves after 2-2/3 years of abysmal ethical absence, prevarications, and transparency rivaling a lead screen.

  3. Tex says:

    Steve Spinner is only one of many Obama fundraisers and other Democratic Party political hacks who made off like bandits with some of that “free Obama money” that was supposed to be part of the stimulus bill in 2009.

  4. Barbara says:

    Give me a break. I see no evidence of any wrong doing here. Only in your mind. It looks to me like the people you are slandering here did nothing wrong. 8-|

  5. Lorica says:

    I just pray that after we win the 2012 elections that this investigation starts to throw people in jail. This is worse than any of the illegalities of the Clinton regime. – Lorica

  6. Carlos says:

    Ya mean this just might be as bad as when Scooter Lobby got a single date wrong, Lorica? And remember, Scooter was so bad he wasn’t even pardoned by his old boss before leaving office, and how could this possibly be THAT bad, since it’s Democraps?

  7. PE says:

    This administration has planted more feculent time bombs than we have the time or resources to discover or investigate to the extent normally required for conviction. And when it comes to convictions, who is going to prosecute? The Justice Department? Best we can do is focus on some of the most salient outrages to help get Obama elected out. Real justice, characterized as witch hunts by hand wringing hysterics, can then be persued.

  8. Shawn says:

    The only thing for sure is nothing and the lies that come out of the mouth of obama while he is on tv. This solyndra deal is just a drop in the bucket of corruption and sleazyness that we get from our leaders in dc.

  9. Great White Rat says:

    Let’s see how many of the reliably left MSM outlets give this as much attention and passion as they did when Sarah Palin’s emails were released.

    I’m betting they won’t even ask for volunteers to scour each and every page looking for dirt.

  10. Lorica says:

    Carlos we all know that Richard Armitage released Valaere Plame’s name, not Scooter Libby, and YES GW should have pardoned him in full and paid restitution to him for the years of BS he had to go thru.

    Just like Bush should have pardoned the two immagration agents but he didn’t do that either. These are 2 of the things that truly piss’d me off about GW.

    And Yes, these crimes are far and away worse than those. As another poster said, this is just a scratch of the surface of the bottom of this barrel of criminal behavior…. Its the Chicago way. – Lorica

  11. franke says:

    So Spinner recused himself due to a disclosed conflict of interest and then continued to engage in “solicitations, due diligence, negotiations” anyways. And Obama’s hack Chu – with Obama pressing – forced the loan over objections in the budget office and one of the emails recommended sign off of the Justice Department because of the putting company backers (and Dem bundlers) ahead of the taxpayers which the attorney said was probably illegal (Wash Post). On top of this, they had another $400M+ loan in the works.

    Yeah, nothing wrong here.