By Wynton Hall, Big Government
President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.
It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, "Throw Them All Out."
The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle.
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This morning, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss his new book, Throw Them All Out, which has shaken Washington to its core in the past few days.
With Energy Secretary Steven Chu set to testify Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the government’s $573 million loan to failed solar panel maker Solyndra, an explosive new list of energy loan amounts to President Obama’s top fundraisers, bundlers, and supporters has been released by Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, author of Throw Them All Out.
As the list reveals, 80 percent of all $20.5 billion in Department of Energy loans went to President Obama’s top donors. Furthermore, some of those dwarf in size those given to Obama bundler George Kaiser, owner of the now defunct Solyndra.
The list—which features the likes of Google owners Larry Page and Sergey Brinn, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner, John Doerr, and Al Gore—raises new questions about the procedures used to administer the now-controversial DOE loans.
Obama Bundlers, Large Donors, and Supporters
(as of September 15, 2011)
Amount (in millions)
Pat Stryker and Russ Kanjorski
John Doerr and Steve Westly
Beech Ridge Energy Wind Farm
Dan Reicher (Google) Larry Page (Google) Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Sanjay Wagle Sergei Brinn (Google)
Ted Turner and Paul Tudor Jones
D.E. Shaw David Canning Larry Summers
Al Gore and John Doerr
BP and Rio Tinto
Hydrogen Energy California LLC
Kahuku Wind/First Wind
Notress Windpower/Duke Energy
Governor Angus King
Record Hill Wind
Dan Reicher (Google) Elon Musk Larry Page (Google) Sergei Brinn (Google)
Solar Trust of America
Jerry Fiddler John Luongo
$21.7 Roger Strauch
Eric Redman and Laura Miller
Summit Texas Clean Energy, LLC
Dan Reicher (Google) Elon Musk Larry Page (Google) Nicholas Pritzker Sergei Brinn (Google) Steve Westly
Vantage Wind Energy, LLC
Jonathan Seelig and Paul Batcheller
Schweizer’s list stands in sharp contrast to President Obama’s promise that the allocation of all federal “stimulus” monies would be nonpartisan and fair: “Let me repeat that: Decisions about how Recovery money will be spent will be based on the merits. They will not be made as a way of doing favors for lobbyists,” Obama said in 2009.
But as Schweizer’s charges in his book, Throw Them All Out, [link] the Obama Administration may be guilty of “the greatest—and most expensive—example of crony capitalism in American history.”...Big Government
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In the course of the interview, Schweizer responded to Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-GA), chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, who is fighting calls for his resignation.
As it has become clear that the insider trading scandal is not going away, Rep. Bachus has abandoned his early reticence in favor of a more aggressive defense.
Schweizer, who was joined on the show by Steve Kroft of CBS, reiterated his case against insider trading in Congress...Video and more at Big Government
Kerry also implicated in insider trading