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October 7, 2011

“POTUS Definitely Wants To Do This”
New E-Mails Reveal Obama, Rahm, And Major Obama Bundler Pushed For $535 Million Solyndra Loan
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Obama and Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel Pushed To Spotlight Solyndra. “‘Ron said this morning that the POTUS definitely wants to do this (or Rahm definitely wants the POTUS to do this ?),’ one White House staffer told an Obama scheduler on Aug. 17, 2009.” (Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens, “Solyndra: Obama And Rahm Emanuel Pushed To Spotlight Energy Company,” The Washington Post, 10/7/11) “I Have The OVP [Office Of The Vice President] And WH [White House] Breathing Down My Neck On This.” “‘Any word from OMB?’ Department of Energy stimulus adviser Steve Spinner wrote to a department staffer about final terms of the Solyndra loan to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget. ‘I have the OVP [Office of the Vice President] and WH [White House] breathing down my neck on this.’” (Carol D.
Leonnig and Joe Stephens, “Solyndra: Obama And Rahm Emanuel Pushed To Spotlight Energy Company,” The Washington Post, 10/7/11)

Major Obama Bundler – Whose Spouse Worked For Law Firm Representing Solyndra – Pushed Hard On Approving Loan: “How F***ing Hard Is This? … What Is He Waiting For?” “Steve Spinner, a DOE loan program adviser who had served as an Obama fundraiser in 2008, was married to a partner at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini, which was representing Solyndra in its loan application. He had signed an ethics agreement in which he said he would not engage in negotiations about the loan or loan terms for the company. Yet throughout Solyndra’s loan process, Spinner worked hard to defend the company from criticisms inside the government, including questions from climate czar Carol Browner’s office. He pushed to get a final decision on approving the loan in August. ‘How f***ing hard is this?’ Spinner wrote on Aug. 28 an another department official. ‘What is he waiting for”[sic] Will we have it by the end of the day?’” (Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens, “Solyndra: Obama And Rahm Emanuel Pushed To Spotlight Energy Company,” The Washington Post,
10/7/11)

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