Key Solyndra figures get red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?

posted at 10:01 am on September 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Want to know what Barack Obama’s second-term agenda will be?  Looking at the VIP admissions to the Democratic convention, the assumption will be more Solyndras and more wasted taxpayer dollars.  ABC News caught former Department of Energy official Steve Spinner getting a “red-carpet” tour yesterday of the facilities in Charlotte.  Who’s Steve Spinner, you may ask?  He’s the man who pushed the DoE to ignore the advice of auditors and approve Solyndra’s $500 million-plus taxpayer-guaranteed loan:

An elite Obama fundraiser hired to help oversee the administration’s energy loan program pushed and prodded career Department of Energy officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife’s law firm was representing the California solar company, according to internal emails made public late Friday.

“How hard is this? What is he waiting for?” wrote Steven J. Spinner, a high-tech consultant and energy investor who raised at least $500,000 for the candidate before being appointed to a key job helping oversee the energy loan guarantee program. “I have OVP [the Office of the Vice President] and WH [the White House] breathing down my neck on this.”

The emails occurred less than two weeks after Spinner received a three-page ethics agreement in which he pledges he will “not participate in any discussion regarding any application involving [his wife's law firm] Wilson [Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati].”

What happened when ABC trained their cameras on Spinner?  He scurried out of the spotlight:

The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy.

Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit.

Spinner’s not the only Solyndra figure to make an appearance at the Democratic convention.  Politico reports that the DNC will have Steve Westly as a speaker tonight, early in the agenda.  Westly was a more cautionary voice on Solyndra — but also bragged about his ability to leverage his status as a 2008 bundler to get hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies on the green-tech boondoggles of Obama’s stimulus package:

Our colleagues on 44 reported in July that Steve Westly, the former California state comptroller and donor who cautioned the Obama administration about the Solyndra investment, was at a fundraiser for the president, and now he is on a the speaking roster tonight at the Democratic National Convention, according to the list that was released.

Westly will be speaking in the 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. hour, according to the lineup.

Let’s recall the role Westly has played for Obama:

When the White House announced the federal government would loan $465 million to Tesla, a California start-up company with plans to develop an all-electric sedan, President Obama called it an “historic opportunity to ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America.”

The loan also represented a lucrative opportunity for Steve Westly, a major investor in the car company who had raised more than $500,000 for the president’s campaign.

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy lent more than half a billion dollars to companies backed by Westly’s California venture capital firm. In 2010, the White House tapped Westly for a seat on a special energy advisory panel that gives him regular access to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Westly boasts on his website that his firm is “uniquely positioned” to take advantage of the Obama administration’s interest in green energy.

The RNC put Westly at the top of this graphic depicting the circle of cronyism in the Obama administration:

Spinner made the graphic, too.  After last night’s Abortion-Palooza, it looks like tonight’s agenda will be My Little Cronies.


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OT but LOL at the siren on Drudge about ‘no stadium, weather threat.’

Maybe they should hold the DNC at a local bar & grill instead. They can probably fill that to capacity.

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Excellent tag line Ed
:)

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

OT:

Change: POTUS speech moved to Time Warner Cable Arena due to extremely poor attendance expectations optics of speech given at Bank of America Stadium the weather.

Red Cloud on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I guess he is there to pick up another check from the US taxpayers?

redguy on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

it looks like tonight’s agenda will be My Little Cronies.

Nice one, Ed.

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Who’s Steve Spinner, you may ask? He’s the man who pushed the DoE to ignore the advice of auditors and approve Solyndra’s $500 million-plus taxpayer-guaranteed loan:

If he were an AIG executive, Occupiers and union thugs would be doing bus tours of his home and threatening his teenagers. Natch, he’s a Dem and thusly treated like royalty at the DNC convention.

hypocrisy much?????

ted c on September 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

https://twitter.com/globeglen/status/243345006746812418

Breaking
Barry’s speech has been moved from the BofA stadium to the smaller 20000 seats indoor Convention floor. Will still have one empty chair though.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

News Flash: Obama speech moved to smaller venue because of weather empty-seat threat.

The brilliance of Clint Eastwood. His empty-seat routine forced this.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“SOLYNDRA!” is a better war cry than anything uttered by the non-sponge worthy Sandra Fluke…

Khun Joe on September 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Key Solyndra figures gets red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?

Noun-verb agreement, Ed.

Either “Key Solyndra figure gets red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?” or “Key Solyndra figures get red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?”

eanax on September 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

weather threat.

God was not amused

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

OT:

Change: POTUS speech moved to Time Warner Cable Arena due to extremely poor attendance expectations optics of speech given at Bank of America Stadium the weather.

Red Cloud on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Shucks. I was hoping him he and all his little sycophants would get drenched.

And the fact anyone associated with Solyndra is at the DNC is scandalous, but the media is too busy wetting its pants over the speeches last night to notice.

changer1701 on September 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

30% chance of rain

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

OT but LOL at the siren on Drudge about ‘no stadium, weather threat.’

Maybe they should hold the DNC at a local bar & grill instead. They can probably fill that to capacity.

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Heh, serves them right. This is a smart move since the last thing they need is his speech being rained out. But it still looks bad going from a 70,000+ plus stadium to a 20,000 seat facility.

Doughboy on September 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Msdnc bummed about the move
Awwwwww

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Speech moved indoors? I guarantee the main reason is because they could not fill the stadium. They are a joke.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

My Little Cronies.

You’re killing me Ed.

gwelf on September 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The Dems are afraid of the fire and brimstone.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The NYT guy on MSNBC needs to lay off the bong. He can’t open his eyes.

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

What happened when ABC trained their cameras on Spinner? He scurried out of the spotlight…

Like a cockroach when you turn on the the lights.

rcpjr on September 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

30% chance of rain

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Oooooohhhh big threat!

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Can President Romney have more than one Attorney General? I mean, there is such an incredible amount of prosecution to do…

Archivarix on September 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Speech moved indoors? I guarantee the main reason is because they could not fill the stadium. They are a joke.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

They could’ve bussed in people if necessary. Granted, that’s still not gonna look good once word got out and the close-ups of the crowd could be ugly(have you seen some of those SEIU workers?). I think this really is because they’re deathly afraid of being rained out.

Doughboy on September 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Breaking
Barry’s speech has been moved from the BofA stadium to the smaller 20000 seats indoor Convention floor. Will still have one empty chair though.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

downgraded….

schadenfreude

ted c on September 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

They could’ve bussed in people if necessary.

Doughboy on September 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Not “could”. They did bus in people.

HotAirian on September 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Not “could”. They did bus in people.

HotAirian on September 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I know. That’s the point. They can fill a 70,000+ seat stadium if given enough advance notice(and bribe money). But they can’t prevent rain. The rise of the oceans, maybe. But not rain.

Doughboy on September 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Global warming brings drought and the total end to rain as we once knew it. So lets move in from the rain.

seven on September 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Can President Romney have more than one Attorney General? I mean, there is such an incredible amount of prosecution to do…

Archivarix on September 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Only one AG, but I have a feeling that this is going to require a very large staff of Deputy AG’s.

AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The easiest way to see media bias is to replace Democrat with Republican in these stories and imagine and contrast the MSM coverage and “reporting”.

Breitbart was spot on. It is the media is the enemy, the clear and present.

Democrats are just being the leftist fascist socialist collectivists they are, that they have been since FDR, and that they will be for the foreseeable future. There will always be people like this.
However, in the US they derive a great deal of their political power from a media that largely agrees with them, that promotes their agenda in every way it can, that promulgates their propaganda even in fictional movies and television shows, and that attacks Republicans and conservatives for them.

farsighted on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It is the media that is the enemy, the clear and present danger.

I gotta start proofing better.

farsighted on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Of course they are getting the red carpet treatment. It’s our money being recycled through these guys to pay for this party. They must be able to see that their/our money was not well spent. Downsizing at this late date probably cost an arm and a leg.

BetseyRoss on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Notwithstanding all of the above “Democrat Party Cash Cow Commie Cult Tax Money Pigs at OUR TAX MONEY TROUGH”.

Who is the major stock holder in Bank of Oklahoma, which operates as example Bank of Texas in Texas.

Is he a main player in this cook the books commie theft ring?

If not who are the others who come like thives in the night.

Name them, shame them.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Bank of America.

They are on the dole via all the “Country Wide Home Loans” of the fraud and theft by due to “the feed the drivitives market” these same crooks cooked up prior via Jimmy Carter, Bill Clintons “loan the FDIC insured money like it all belongs to the Commie Democrat Party.

Now Bank of America rides its earnings via holding on to these sorry home assesets and collect “management fees”, aka “bail out money” as they sit on the crap until our pockets are picked clean.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

D.R. HORTON HOMES LLC.

100% of every dollar of profits for that company comes from the use of “illegal immigrant slave wage labor”, together with the fact Horton Homes LLC did that and the fact they were able to build homes via these “slave wages” for 10 years, the price of homes built prior where undercut on prices by the wage slave built homes, forceing even more homes into default due to the huge price reductions cause by the “Democrat Party and its lust for the illegal immigrant wage slaves”.

Immigration is one thing, the use of these poor people as slaves is another thing all together.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

…Pay to Play…!!!
… we need to send seeing eye dogs to the major news networks.

KOOLAID2 on September 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Obumbo’s revolving door to stimulus campaign $!

aposematic on September 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Or, “Who is George Kaiser”.

Bank of Okla.
Bank of Texas
Bank of Albuquerque
Bank of Arizona
Bank of Kansas City
Colorado State Bank
BOKA, NA and
Full Service broker/dealer BOSC, Inc.

43 richest in world

Net Worth $9.8 Billion

http://www.opensecrets.org

2008, 2010, 2012 for B. Obama and other Democrats

Lots and more under the table too.

Who got the deal on getting paid on the Solrotdeal before U.S. Tax Payers?

Show them, shame them.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

“Key Solyndra figures get red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?”

Why is that a question? Shouldn’t you research it to find out before posting it? Answer: yes you should.

Kevin M on September 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM

OT but LOL at the siren on Drudge about ‘no stadium, weather threat.’

Maybe they should hold the DNC at a local bar & grill instead. They can probably fill that to capacity.

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Only if Michelle approves the menu.

Amendment X on September 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Suggested new word:

CRONANISM: The strong desire to withdraw taxpayer money, then spill it on your friends.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

On Tuesday I commented to some co-workers that next the speech would be moved to a motel room on Trade Street…..They should be able to fill that!!!

logicman_1998 on September 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM