Video: Solyndra, so many questions for the White House

posted at 1:25 pm on September 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Of the various scandals shaking the White House right now, the Solyndra pay-to-play scheme is perhaps the easiest to follow — but nothing that I’ve seen or read spells it all out so clearly as this video, released today by the Institute for Energy Research.

Plus, I really like the aesthetics of this, from the fonts to the multi-colored layovers.

All we really need to know is in this video:

  1. The administration fast-tracked a $535 million loan to Solyndra.
  2. Major Solyndra investors were often also major Obama donors.
  3. Solyndra declared bankruptcy, despite apparently making it appear to the administration as recently as July that the company’s finances were fine.

Nor was it just the Obama campaign that received political donations from Solyndra and then shilled for green energy subsidies. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), for example, benefited from hefty contributions from a board member of the solar company — and is one of the most active backers of the green energy loan guarantee, subsidy and tax credit programs in the Senate, introducing six bills in the past three years to induce federal favors to green energy companies. Even after the White House and the Office of Management and Budget raised concerns about a potential Solyndra default, Brown accepted a maximum donation from Solyndra board member Thomas Baruch. Did Brown know Solyndra was headed for bankruptcy but choose to look the other way?

It’s easy enough to connect the dots — but, as suspicion and inferences aren’t enough to establish wrongdoing on the part of Brown or the administration, the House continues to investigate this — and rightly.

But, as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan put it in an op-ed yesterday, “Regardless of the potential legal impropriety, there is no question that the fundamental laws of economics have been violated. The company’s rise and fall illustrates the folly of empowering government to pick winners and losers in our economy.”

Update: This post originally incorrectly stated that Sen. Sherrod Brown accepted donations from Solyndra employees, when, in fact, the donations came from a board member. The post has been corrected above.

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Too bad it’s not going anywhere. I guess I’m becoming an eeyore like Allahpundit.

sandee on September 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The press will not blame Obama, they will say our dope is a dupe

clnurnberg on September 23, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Dont only look at Solyndra in this mess

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rusty-weiss/2011/09/04/solyndra-not-only-company-benefit-democrat-ties

Lying within that massive federal loan was a number of sub-awards to other vendors, 40 payments of which were greater than $25,000 each. The largest sub-award went to another administration favorite, CH2M Hill, to the tune of $9.6 million for their construction engineering services. The company is a $6.3 billion consulting, engineering, and construction firm, and shares some similarities to the failed Solyndra. In fact, CH2M used the nearly $10 million sub-award to design Solyndra’s solar manufacturing plant in Fremont, California. Besides that amount, CH2M is also a major beneficiary of the stimulus, having been awarded four of the top ten contracts from stimulus funding last summer – to the tune of $1.2 billion. As of this April, the company boasts of $1.6 billion in contracts from the Recovery Act.

In addition to all of this, former employees of CH2M have held, or will hold, plum appointments on administrative boards. Former CH2M Hill CTO, Dan Arvizu, is currently serving a six-year term on the National Science Board for the National Science Foundation. In 2009, Lee McIntire, current Chairman and CEO, was appointed by the Obama Administration to the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. In March, he joined the President on a trip to Latin America. And just recently in July, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jack Baylis, former Senior Vice-President at CH2M, to the a administrative post on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

William Amos on September 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

$535 Million – ZERO JOBS

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

good video

and then you see this and you know dear leader will just ease on down the road with nary a scratch…

the lsm is propping him up big time…

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I’ve never been able to match incompetence with corruption. Until now.

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

sandee on September 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

you are not alone…they will cover for him big time…well they are now i should say

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Venture Socialism.

These are the people who think they know best about how to run our lives and what they should do with Our labor.

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

“The Future is Here” — Obama

“Same old, same old” — Man on the Street

The closest I’ve seen to pouring money down a s***hole.

Paul-Cincy on September 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

There are just too many layers between Solyndra and Obama. Just move along, nothing to see here. Or am I wrong?

Static21 on September 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Just to repeat: If this had been a Republican administration…

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Venture Socialism.

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

That is a much better description. Pay To Play infers that those who pay are using their own money, instead of taxpayer’s money.

Vashta.Nerada on September 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Questions for the WH are all well and good, but I’d like to see some questions about this for the Republican Presidential candidates in our ‘debates’.

‘Fast & Furious’, etc.

That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Maybe if they did, some of this would get forced into the MSM?

catmman on September 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/13/AR2010111305883.html

Chu – a Energy Secretary Chu in sprint to put stimulus to work on renewable innovations

Nobel Prize-winning physicist, former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and former professor at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley – has been in a hurry to get the stimulus money out the door. The sense of urgency is something he has tried to infuse in others. One day in 2009, after biking to the office, he met with a handful of top officials awaiting their swearing-in ceremony.

“Be nice, but don’t be patient,” he told them, according to one of the officials.

But his crash course in the perils of offshore drilling has reinforced his concern about energy efficiency and alternatives to fossil fuels.

In his talk at the plasma lab, he says, “We kept going out into deeper and deeper water until we got in deep water.”

William Amos on September 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

good video

and then you see this and you know dear leader will just ease on down the road with nary a scratch…

the lsm is propping him up big time…

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

..repugnant. But remember what happened when they tried to foist off those phony Texas ANG charges on “W and what happened with the blowback. Ask yourself, “How did Pajamas Media get it’s name?”

There’ll be more. It’s up to us to keep this alive, old son, up to us.

The War Planner on September 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Too bad it’s not going anywhere. I guess I’m becoming an eeyore like Allahpundit.

sandee on September 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

After last night I’m afraid I am too – and I’m never an eeyore – EVER

gophergirl on September 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Mitt is right. Obama is not a Socialist.

Obama is a Crony Socialist.

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM

There are just too many layers between Solyndra and Obama. Just move along, nothing to see here. Or am I wrong?

Static21 on September 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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Similar thing with Walkergate and LightSquared…

The trends don’t bode well for the regime, sooner or later one of these or another will be directly connected to The Won and the Media won’t be able to ignore it, else they break in one day with the ‘surprise’ announcement of his impeachment.

NMRN123 on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

$535 Million – ZERO JOBS

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Correction, faraway. $535 Million, NEGATIVE 1,100 JOBS

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

What I really resent here is the smarter-than-you / Do-as-I-say (and pay for it) M.O. here.

Libs are determined to control your behavior by getting you out of your SUV, and into a [subsidized] Chevy Volt, charged by [subsidized] solar infrastructure, and driven in [subsidized] HOV/ EPV lanes… but only if you are going somewhere that’s not served by [subsidized] high-speed rail.

And if bribery doesn’t work, there’s always the heavy hand: using the EPA to arbitrarily raise emissions standards; using the DOT to make cars “greener,” and using TSA to make sure we’ll explore any other means of transportation (e.g. AMTRAK) to avoid getting fondled at the airport.

Why don’t you go and organize someone else’s community? You’ve already made a mess our ours.

VastRightWingConspirator on September 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

All we really need to know is in this video:

Nope.
It says nothing of the warnings to the White House from a variety of sources that Solyndra was on shaky ground financially.
Jon Stewart’s rant is still the best thorough criticism of the scandal.

itsnotaboutme on September 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Barack Obama: Baking Socio-capitalistic pies since 2008.

RDE2010 on September 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM

And don’t forget: every possible discussion of Solyndra coming from the Administration will begin with the sentence…

“When I took office, and inherited the proposed investment in Solyndra from the Bush Administration…”

VastRightWingConspirator on September 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Business as usual, Chicago style.

GarandFan on September 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Greendoggle.

trigon on September 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

If W can be linked to Eron, than it’s a lead pipe cinch that The Won can be partners with this boondoggle. Solyndra should be worked into every sentence in the same way. When the media won’t help, you have to be extra annoying.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Agree war planner

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

If you read between the lines of today’s Solyndra “partial hangout” in the NYTimes, you get the definitely feeling that not only doesn’t the White House know what it is doing when it comes to the solar energy sector, but the Department of Energy is equally, if not more, confused.
How anybody could entrust large sums of money to any of these folks is beyond reason.

J_Crater on September 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

OK… but if this video is just playing at Hot Air and P.J., then it is just preaching to the choir.

Also, they need to add the Solyndra Execs taking the 5th right around the part where they say they visited the WH 20 times.

AndrewsDad on September 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

And the gop candidates said absolutely nothing on this

Ughhhhh

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Only one person at the debate was asked about Solyndra. Saddly it was Huntsman.

William Amos on September 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

AndrewsDad on September 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

How about naming the ‘Obama Donor’ and mentioning the restructuring to make sure he’s at the head of the line for liquidation proceeds??

BigWyo on September 23, 2011 at 2:07 PM

William, he even skirted around the issue

:(

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Of the three — Solyndra, Walkergate and LightSquared — Solyndra seems the least important.

I think most understand now that Gunwalker was designed to advance the gun control agenda. But the purposes and scale of LightSquared corruption haven’t received much attention, nor have the FCC irregularities involved in approving the project.

petefrt on September 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Nice.

Simple with clean production….and it’s easy to follow.

Now let’s see one for “Light Squared” and “Fast and Furious”.

Tim_CA on September 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM

How is it that there is no mention that Solyndra is in the district of Fortney “Pete” Stark (D-13,CA) ?

J_Crater on September 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Just to repeat: If this had been a Republican administration…

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

We wouldn’t hear about it. The MSM would be to busy telling us how many people died because of Gun walker/Fast & Furious. They would be yelling to impeach the rouge administration and send them all to jail.

PrettyD_Vicious on September 23, 2011 at 2:40 PM

How about naming the ‘Obama Donor’ and mentioning the restructuring to make sure he’s at the head of the line for liquidation proceeds??

BigWyo on September 23, 2011 at 2:07 PM

That right there is the “there there”, Mornin’ Joe. The taxpayers are once again screwed in the wallet by this bunch.

I still think that the Gunwalker fiasco should receive a daily trumpeting by every conservative blog, and by every Republican that goes on a talk show, gives an interview, or makes a speech in Congress. This is the one that’ll make ‘em squirm, dodge, lie, obfuscate, and hopefully, break several laws in the attempt to cover up just how far up the chain of command this reaches. If not, then the whole truth should do the trick.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2011 at 3:21 PM

They didn’t hit the most damning thing about it all, the restructuring of the loan that caused the government to no longer be first in line to be repaid.

ButterflyDragon on September 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Also, most people haven’t even heard of the Lightsquared/FCC arrangement, nor know that it could potentially cripple our military capabilities if not amended drastically.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

While I agree Gunwalker should be a much more serious issue, Solyndra is easy to understand and so, so many more people are going to have an outrage to it due to the economic, job issues we are facing.

You mean you want to raise my taxes right after you gave 500 million to your campaign donor and now that money is gone and 1100 people will be in the unemployment line?

AndrewsDad on September 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I agree, awesome video. very effective.

exceller on September 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Does it appear that the dem establishment is going to throw their dear leader under the bus? This just doesn’t happen in Chicago style politics.

Kissmygrits on September 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

So… the first time they mentioned stimulus… and I told a couple lefties it was “robbery” and “theft of tax dollars”… and like “pouring cash on the floor for the crooks to steal” I was told that I was just pissin on the idea cause of Barry bein prez…
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Yeah…….. right.
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RalphyBoy on September 24, 2011 at 1:13 AM

I hate to say it, but the Jon Stewart bit on solendra posted here on Hot Air was even more damming than this video.

Buck Turgidson on September 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Question to all:
Are we looking at this all wrong? What if it is nothing more than a simple money laundering plan? The Politician finds a company going down and out. Cook the books, give them FED money, the company keeps some and gives some back to the Politician.

jpcpt03 on September 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I hate to say it, but the Jon Stewart bit on solendra posted here on Hot Air was even more damming than this video.

Buck Turgidson on September 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I dissagree with you, Stewart tried to make it seem like it was no big deal, he tried to make fun of the issue. Thats how it came across to me. I never watch the show just clips from time to time. He is a shield always trying to defuse the spotlite when it shines on the dems, when its shinning on the Reps he acts like a magnifying glass. He is a political hack hiding behind comedy.

ColdWarrior57 on September 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM