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.