Obama’s Green Corruption — Billions of Dollars in Taxpayer Money to His Democrat “Friends”

July 30, 2012

One of the biggest scandals of the Obama presidency has yet to be exposed in its entirety…

The Solyndra Saga is just the tip of the iceberg –– cronyism and corruption are the driving forces behind the tens of billions of green-energy (taxpayer) dollars (loans, grants, etc.) –– the majority going to President Obama and Democrat “friends.”

Obama’s Green Corruption is the largest, most expensive and deceptive case of crony capitalism in American history.

I have been “following the green-energy money” (close to $100 billion dollars) since the passing of the 2009 stimulus package…

…and, early this morning –– a subscriber of The Washington Free Beacon, one of the few that has their eye on Green Cronyism –– I found this headline, “Bundler of Sunshine: Obama Bundler’s Husband Has Received More Than a Billion in DOE Solar Loans.”

Yep, NRG snagged two major DOE loans that by the way, were on the “Junk bond” portfolio that I had written about last month –– NRG with two green projects:

* NRG Solar, LLC (Agua Caliente) –– Rating BB+ by Fitch; Aug 2011 for $967 million

* NRG Energy (California Valley Solar Ranch) –– Rating BB+ by Fitch; Sept 2011 over $1.2 billion

NOTES on the Agua Caliente Project:

* DOE announced a $967 million loan guarantee to NRG in August 2011 for its $1.8 billion Agua Caliente Solar Project.

* NRG acquired the Agua Caliente Solar Project from First Solar on August 5, 2011, as DOE announced the loan. First Solar is a Goldman Sachs investment, and Goldman Sachs –– #2 top Obama 2008 donor with two Bundlers and other donors –– has their DNA all over “green!”

* Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy bought a 49 percent stake in NRG’s Agua Caliente project in December 2011.

* Electricity from Agua Caliente will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (another Big Energy firm making BANK off of green energy, including government subsidies that just so happens to be politically connected to the president and the Democrat party), helping California to meet its ambitious renewable energy goals.

Also, PG&E’s whose former employee, Cathy Zoi –– a former was a DOE Official rife with “green conflicts of interest” –– until she left the Obama administration in February 2011 to join Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a private equity fund financed by the controversial left-wing billionaire George Soros!

And, as revealed by The Washington Free Beacon, “the multiple DOE loans did not stop NRG Energy from reporting a first-quarter 2012 loss of $206 million.” “Even so, NRG has recently expanded its operations…”

However, NRG has many, or are connected to green projects that are being funded by taxpayer green cash.

* NRG Energy is part of a project dubbed Project Amp, which in September 2011 received a partial DOE loan guarantee for a whopping $1.4 billion.

As reported by Forbes last June, Project Amp will be built over four years and financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and owned by industrial real estate firm Prologis.

NRG Energy will invest in the first 15-megawatt phase of the rollout with an option on the remaining phases. Also, Project Amp’s application was submitted by the lender-applicant, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, under the Financial Institution Partnership Program (FIPP). Keep in mind that Project Amp was also on the “DOE junk bond portfolio” with a BB rating by Fitch in Sept 2011.

* “NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel… The project (set between LA and San Francisco) is a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes,” whereas “taxpayers and ratepayers are providing subsidies worth almost as much as the entire $1.6 billion cost of the project.

* In fact, according to The Boston Globe November 2011 piece, Clean energy projects powered by massive subsidies –– “NRG, along with partners, ultimately secured $5.2 billion in federal loan guarantees plus hundreds of millions in other subsidies for four large solar projects.”

* Also, according the Green Street Journal in October 2010, “NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NRG Solar, executed a letter of intent to partner with BrightSource Energy to construct, finance, own and operate the largest solar thermal project in the world, the 392-megawatt (MW) Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in southeastern California’s Mojave Desert.

NRG Solar plans to become the lead investor in Ivanpah, investing up to $300 million over the next three years.” This is the same project that belongs to BrightSource Energy –– complete with a long list of meaningful political ties that I exposed just last week in another BREAKING story –– was also on the “DOE Junk bond portfolio” (BrightSource Energy, Inc with three projects; two Rating BB+ by Fitch and the other Rating BB by Fitch; Apr 2011) that snagged a whopping $1.6 billion taxpayer funded “bailout,” and is also expected to receive Treasury grants once the project is complete.

With over eleven projects listed at NRG Solar alone, and NRG Energy with over 50 “Generation Assets” across the nation that not only include solar, but also natural gas, wind, coal, nuclear, and oil, the full count of government subsidies that have gone to NRG Energy are probably still unclear. As a Citizen Watchdog, this is what I have uncovered at this time, however, the political connections are damaging to the Obama administration.

GEORGE SOROS

While Patrick Howley notes the following meaningful political connections: Arie Few –– 2012 Obama Bundler, and her husband Jason Few, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of NRG Energy and President of Reliant as well as Warren Buffet’s (an Obama buddy) stake in NRG Energy, he missed the other BIG GREEN FISH in this green-energy scheme, George Soros…

Soros –– a 2008 Obama Donor through Soros Fund Management was #15 on the Obama’s Top 20 Contributors to Obama’s Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC.

Most damning is the fact that Soros is connected to many companies that benefited from the 2009 Stimulus package that HE helped craft, including alternative energy. The big green winners that I tracked are American Electric Power AEP (Soros bought 1.5 million shares) and NRG Energy (Soros bought 500,000 shares of NRG Energy).

According to Wynton Hall in an interview over at Stephen K. Bannon’s Victory Sessions a while back…

Billionaire George Soros gave advice and direction on how President Obama should allocate so-called “stimulus” money in a series of regular private meetings and consultations with White House senior advisers even as Soros was making investments in areas affected by the stimulus program.

It’s just one more revelation featured in the blockbuster new book that continues to rock Washington,Throw Them All Out, authored by Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer.

Mr. Soros met with Mr. Obama’s top economist on February 25, 2009 and twice more with senior officials in the Old Executive Office Building on March 24th and 25th as the stimulus plan was being crafted. Later, Mr. Soros also participated in discussions on financial reform.

Then, in the first quarter of 2009, Mr. Soros went on a stock buying spree in companies that ultimately benefited from the federal stimulus.

* Soros doubled his holdings in medical manufacturer Hologic, a company that benefited from stimulus spending on medical systems

* Soros tripled his holdings in fiber channel and software maker Emulus, a company that wound up scoring a large amount of federal funds going to infrastructure spending

* Soros bought 210,000 shares in Cisco Systems, which came up big in the stimulus lottery

* Soros also bought Extreme Networks, which, months later, said it was expanding broadband to rural America “as part of President Obama’s broadband strategy”

* Soros bought 1.5 million shares in American Electric Power, a company Mr. Obama gave $1 billion to in June 2009

* Soros bought shares in utility company Ameren, which bagged a $540 million Department of Energy loan

* Soros bought 250,000 shares of Public Service Enterprise Group,500,000 shares of NRG Energy, and almost a million shares of Entergy—all companies that came up winners in the Department of Energy taxpayer giveaway that produced the Solyndra debacle

* Soros bought into BioFuel Energy, a company that benefitted when the EPA announced a regulation on ethanol

* Soros bought Powerspan in April 2009. Just weeks later, the clean-energy company landed $100 million from the Department of Energy

* In the second quarter of 2009, Soros bought education technology giant Blackboard, which became a big recipient of education stimulus money

* Soros also bought Burlington Northern Santa Fe and CSX, both beneficiaries of Mr. Obama’s plans for revitalizing the railroads

* Soros bought Cognizant Technology Solutions, which scored stimulus funds in education and health care technology

* Soros also bought 300,000 shares of Constellation Energy Group and 4.6 million shares of Covanta, both of which landed taxpayers’ money through the stimulus, the former of which bagged $200 million

Also, Soros (and Warren Buffet) stand to benefit from “rejection of the Keystone Pipeline” as well as the Nat Gas Act. Plus, “President Obama recently (to expedite this natural gas boom) decided to form an interagency natural gas council run by Cecilia Muñoz, a former community organizer with La Raza and White House bureaucrat with deep ties to George Soros.”

BANK OF AMERICA/MERRILL LYNCH

It should be noted that Bank of America/Merrill Lynch were both on the Top 2008 Obama Donors list –– and besides the San Francisco-based ProLogis project that got a $1.4 billion DOE loan guarantee, of which Bank of America Merrill Lynch and NRG Energy, were announced as investors, we do know that Big Banks have invested in “green!”

In fact, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch is heavily invested in “green” (BAML Renewable Energy Finance) and through their Renewable Energy Finance section, we can confirm NextEra Energy is part of their “wind energy assets” — Deals and Transactions. NextEra Energy, of which the CEO Lewis Hay sits on Obama’s Job Council, was a huge DOE winner of two large solar loans: $852 million and $1.46 billion, both of these projects were also on the “DOE Junk bond portfolio.”

There are more BofA/Merrill Lynch green investments, one in particular,”A $1 billion plan to put solar panels on 160,000 U.S. military-base homes was collapsing in September after a $344 million U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee fell through.

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) stepped up to finance the effort headed by SolarCity Corp”–– the same Green Corporation, complete with meaningful political ties like Google, who back in June 2011 invested, a Top 2008 Obama Donor.

However, in the wake of the Solyndra Saga, the DOE loan was “rejected” / “rescinded” At any rate, that was as of September 2011 –– after all billions of dollars in “green subsidies” have been rapidly doled out by various government agencies, the majority going to Obama and Democrat Cronies!

Resources:

1. My three years of Green Corruption research 2. Schweizer’s Throw Them All Out book 3. The Washington Free Beacon and others linked here 4. Open Secrets “2008 Obama donations” ––– Top 20 Contributors to Barack Obama 2008 Election Cycle 5. Open Secrets: Barack Obama: Top 100 Contributors to Campaign Cmte

Stay tuned, this Green Corruption scandal is huge, and I’m just getting started…Your Citizen Watchdog on the “green front”. calfit32@gmail.com Christine Lakatos

From:  http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/2012/05/breaking-nrg-energy-on-doe-cronyism-hot.html

 

 

 

 

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Obama, and the Solyndra Scandal in a Nutshell

October 26, 2011

A man named Steven Spinner, who bundled together over $500,000 in donations for Barack Obama in 2008 and was rewarded with a cushy Energy Department gig…

…has been exposed for lobbying the White House on behalf of Solyndra despite the fact that his wife was working for the law firm representing the now-defunct company!

The White House was eager to approve an ill-advised loan to the solar energy company, in part due to Spinner’s prodding.

And after the Obama administration has so richly provided for him and his wife, campaign finance documents show Steven Spinner is again bundling over $500,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign!

This corrupt you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours attitude is what turned Washington into the cesspool it is, and it’s exactly the kind of corruption that Barack Obama ran against in 2008.

In addition to Spinner’s pay-for-play shenanigans at the expense of taxpayers, the executives of Solyndra TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT WHEN TESTIFYING TO CONGRESS!

From:  http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/hostedemail/email.htm?h=46257b166f40700aceb601507e0166a8&CID=10185617164&ch=56D4B08D7D684654B1A994F16F1282D3


Why Taxpayers Are Taking A Half Billion Dollar Bath With the 31st Richest Man in America (Thanks, Obama!)

September 22, 2011

George Kaiser is, according to the Tulsa World, the “wealthiest man in Oklahoma, and the 31st richest in the country.” He’s got a net worth of $10 billion dollars.

He runs a family foundation “dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services, and civic enhancement.” Speaking to the Rotary Club of Tulsa in 2009 about his foundation’s efforts to obtain “stimulus” funds, he said approvingly of the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus package: “There’s never been more money shoved out the government’s door in world history, and there probably never will be again.”

Kaiser is a top Obama donor, having raised somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 for the Obama 2008 campaign, along with a personal donation of $53,500. He’s the primary investor in a company whose executives and board members kicked in a total of $87,050 to get Barack Obama elected. This kind of campaign loot earned Kaiser a remarkable level of White House access. He’s visited the White House sixteen times since 2009.

Although he’s made a fortune from oil and gas, Kaiser is a deep thinker about “energy independence,” by which he means forcing Americans to use less gasoline. He’s proposed a “freebate” that would grab billions in new taxes from gasoline purchasers, and redistribute the money so that people who don’t buy a lot of gas will get a nice government handout bonus at the end of the year.

Oh, and the company he invested in, that poured so much money into Barack Obama’s campaign coffers? That would be Solyndra. Based on the amount of taxpayer money pumped into Solyndra, and the number of corners cut to get it there, George Kaiser is the most important man in America. It’s a shame we didn’t get to know him better before we all took a bath with him.

— John Hayward, Human Events

From:  http://content.eaglepub.com/?ldrgplYu0wOMIZ1z0OPIk5gdaVhquNgRl


Obama White House Pushed Federal Reviewers to Give Half-Billion Dollar “Green Loan” to Company That Later Went Bankrupt; Taxpayers Now on the Hook for the Loan; Where’d the Money Go, Obama?

September 15, 2011

The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory, newly obtained e-mails show.

The Silicon Valley company, a centerpiece in President Obama’s initiative to develop clean energy technologies, had been tentatively approved for the loan by the Energy Department but was awaiting a final financial review by the Office of Management and Budget.

The August 2009 e-mails, released exclusively to The Washington Post, show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB reviewers when they would be able to decide on the federal loan and noting a looming press event at which they planned to announce the deal. In response, OMB officials expressed concern that they were being rushed to approve the company’s project without adequate time to assess the risk to taxpayers, according to information provided by Republican congressional investigators.

Solyndra collapsed two weeks ago, leaving taxpayers liable for the $535 million loan.

One e-mail from an OMB official referred to “the time pressure we are under to sign-off on Solyndra.” Another complained, “There isn’t time to negotiate.”

“We have ended up with a situation of having to do rushed approvals on a couple of occasions (and we are worried about Solyndra at the end of the week),” one official wrote. That Aug. 31, 2009, message, written by a senior OMB staffer and sent to Terrell P. McSweeny, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, concluded, “We would prefer to have sufficient time to do our due diligence reviews.”

White House officials said Tuesday that no one in the administration tried to influence the OMB decision on the loan. They stressed that the e-mails show only that the administration had a “quite active interest” in the timing of OMB’s decision.

“There was interest in when a decision would be made because of its impact on whether an event involving the vice president could be scheduled for a particular date or not, but the loan guarantee decision was merit-based and made by career staffers at DOE,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Solyndra spokesman David Miller said he was unaware of any direct involvement of the White House in securing or accelerating the loan.

The e-mail exchanges could intensify questions about whether the administration was playing favorites and made costly errors while choosing the first recipient of a loan guarantee under its stimulus program. Solyndra’s biggest investors were funds operated on behalf of the family foundation of Tulsa billionaire and Obama fundraiser George Kaiser. Although he has been a frequent White House visitor, Kaiser has said he did not use political influence to win approval of the loan.

The White House has previously said that it had no involvement in the Solyndra loan application and that all decisions were made by career officials based on the merits of the company.

It is not clear from the e-mails whether the White House influenced a final decision to approve the loan guarantee.

The Sept. 4, 2009, groundbreaking event went ahead as scheduled, with Energy Secretary Steven Chu in attendance and Biden speaking to the gathering by satellite feed.

Republican investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is holding a hearing about Solyndra on Wednesday, concluded that the White House set a closing date for the OMB approval even before the OMB review had begun.

The White House pressure may have had a “tangible impact” on the OMB’s risk assessment of the loan, the congressional investigators concluded.

In one e-mail, an OMB staff member questioned whether the review team was using the best model for determining the financial risk to taxpayers in evaluating the Solyndra deal.

“Given the time pressure we are under to sign-off on Solyndra, we don’t have time to change the model,” the staffer wrote.

Solyndra was a favorite of the administration until two weeks ago, when the company abruptly shuttered its factory and filed for bankruptcy court protection, leaving 1,100 people out of work and taxpayers on the hook for the loans. Last week, FBI agents searched the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in a raid that Miller said appeared linked to the loan guarantee.

In one e-mail, an assistant to Rahm Emanuel, then White House chief of staff, wrote on Aug. 31, 2009, to OMB about the upcoming Biden announcement on Solyndra and asked whether “there is anything we can help speed along on OMB side.”

An OMB staff member responded: “I would prefer that this announcement be postponed. . . . This is the first loan guarantee and we should have full review with all hands on deck to make sure we get it right.”

In another message, a White House staff member wrote that officials were “walking a fine line with Solyndra needing to begin notifying investors to fly in” for the groundbreaking. It stressed that “this OMB piece” of the review was not final and pointed out that if word of the groundbreaking leaked to the public prematurely, that would “leave us in an awkward place.”

The e-mails also raise questions about whether the administration should have foreseen financial trouble. In August 2009, e-mail exchanges between Energy Department staff members pointed out that a credit-rating agency predicted that the project would run out of cash in September 2011. Solyndra shut its doors on the final day of August.

The House committee has been investigating Solyndra’s dealings with the Energy Department for six months. In July , subcommittee members subpoenaed White House documents related to the guarantee.

From:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-pushed-500-million-loan-to-solar-company-now-under-investigation/2011/09/13/gIQAr3WbQK_print.html