The White House claims emphatically that Tulsan George Kaiser had no discussions with the White House when decisions were in the making to give Solyndra a $537 Million Government loan guarantee. Kaiser spokemen asserted the same. Guess what? The emails are out. He lied, and Kaiser, himself, details a meeting with White House officials (not Department of Energy officials). You’ll see the name Steve Mitchell below. Mitchell is the Director of Argonaut Private Equity, owned by George Kaiser. Kaiser and Mitchell both headquarter in Tulsa. Kaiser was the major investor of the now bankrupt Solyndra LLC. Steve Mitchell is on the board of directors of another DOE $737 Million loan guarantee now in bankruptcy, Tonopah Solar. Kaiser tentacles deep in the taxpayer’s pocket with the giddy help of Barack Obama.
Another e-mail from Kaiser to Mitchell dated March 5, 2010, said that just weeks prior, he and Levit were visiting with a group of administration folks in D.C. who are in charge of the stimulus process, (White House, not DOE) and Solyndra came up, every one of them responded simultaneously about their thorough knowledge of the Solyndra story, suggesting it was one of their prime poster children.
They about had an orgasm in Biden’s office when we mentioned Solyndra, said one e-mail from Ken Levit, executive director of Kaiser’s foundation.
That’s awesome!ť said the response from Steve Mitchell, an official with Kaiser’s venture capital firm Argonaut. Get us a DOE [Energy Department] loan.
White House visitor logs show Kaiser personally in the White House on March 12th and 13 this year. Others representing his investment interests were in the White House 16 times. Kaiser had plunged $337 Million into Solyndra, but he and his spokesmen say he was never in the White House to lobby for or discuss Solyndra.
Think about the White House and the revolving door of a great many people dangerous to America. We have to find a way to stop that door.
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