September 22, 2011
Executives at bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra went on a lavish spending spree after they got a $535 million federal “stimulus” loan. This Washington Post story is curiously vague about certain details:
Company executives ramped up their Washington lobbying efforts, hiring a former Senate aide to work with the White House and the Energy Department. . . .
[P]ublic records show that since 2008, Solyndra has spent more than $1 million on lobbying inside the Beltway.
Lobbying expenditures of $160,000 a year in 2008 and 2009 accelerated as Solyndra’s financial and political troubles mounted. By 2010, such spending had grown to $550,000. So far this year, Solyndra has reported spending $220,000, but that number will grow as more reports filter in.
The phrase “former Senate aide” caught my eye. For which senator had this lobbyist formerly worked? Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner has the answer: