Oh what a tangled web we weave . . .

Via Hot Air:

Emails tie Obama fundraiser to Solyndra push

Advisers to Obama fundraiser George Kaiser discussed Solyndra and other government contracts during their visits last year to the White House, according to emails released Wednesday by House Republicans.

The emails between Kaiser and two of his top business associates center in part around Solyndra’s failed bid to win a second loan guarantee from the Energy Department for $469 million.

In one exchange from Feb. 27, 2010, Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, said aides to Vice President Joe Biden responded enthusiastically when the topic of the California solar company came up during a meeting about stimulus funding.

“They had an orgasm in Biden’s office when we mentioned Solyndra,” Levit wrote to Steven Mitchell, a managing director at Kaiser’s venture capital firm, Argonaut Private Equity.

“That’s awesome! Get us a doe loan,” Mitchell replied.

Republicans pounced on that email exchange and several others, arguing they “directly contradict” earlier claims from Kaiser and the Obama administration that they did not talk about Solyndra during more than a dozen meetings with senior White House officials, including then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett.


In a March 5, 2010, exchange, Kaiser and Mitchell discussed the push for a second loan guarantee and Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet’s “good call” with DOE loan guarantee chief Jonathan Silver.

“Apparently our application has been caught up with several other groups who were also wanting a second bite at the DOE loan guarantee apple,” Mitchell wrote to Kaiser.

But Silver “championed the cause that they should [get a second loan] and he has just this week apparently won that battle.”

“He would not say that we are the first one that will be considered but he all but did — he conceded that we are the only company to have actually closed and funded our loan and most of the other companies still have no revenues,” Mitchell added, noting that Energy Secretary Steven Chu “is apparently staying involved in Solyndra’s application and continues to talk up the company as a success story.”

“Sounds good,” Kaiser replied. “I assume that we would not move ahead with the offering until we have formal DOE approval or would you issue while you are under due diligence.”

“BTW, a couple of weeks ago when Ken and I were visiting with a group of Administration folks in DC 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.”

There is an old joke about a congressman meeting with some lobbyists. The congressman says “Gentlemen, we can discuss money or we can discuss legislation. But if we discuss them at the same time we’ll all go to jail.

BTW – The words “orgasm” and “Biden” in the same sentence made me puke in my mouth.

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39 Responses to Oh what a tangled web we weave . . .

  1. HELENK says:

    backtrack to claim excutive priviledge on Solyndra


  2. catarina says:

    me too on the Biden orgasm mouth puking.
    for cripes sake.

  3. Lulu says:

    This is bad. As in really, really bad. The Repubs may snag Biden too.

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    Remember how much noise the left made because Bush & Cheney wouldn’t release the list of names of people who came to the WH for the energy meeting with Cheney early in Bush’s tenure?

    Why am I having deja vu? Oh, that’s right, I’m not. It’s just a bad re-dream. To be deja vu, the left would have to be really pissed off about this too, but they aren’t.


  5. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of sticky messes, I need my rightwingnutjobwhackamole credentials updated 😉 Dear Axelrod seems to have a knack for uncovering sealed records …. otherwise Obama may not have won his Senate primary. It’s Coulter/WND, so it’s a safe bet this hasn’t been on any of the lefty sites…..or MSM….

  6. Catfish says:

    A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street; “The Leaders of the allegedly Leaderless Movement”

    Daniel, a tall, red-bearded, white twenty-something—one of the six leaders of the teach-in—said that the NYC-GA needed to be completely defunded because those with “no stake” in the Occupy Wall Street movement shouldn’t have a say in how the money was spent. When I asked him whether everybody in the 99% had a stake in the movement, he said that only those occupying or working in Zuccotti Park did. I pointed out that since the General Assembly took place in Zuccotti Park, everybody who participated was an occupier. He responded with a long rant about how Zuccotti Park is filled with “tourists,” “free-loaders” and “crackheads” and suggested a solution that the even NYPD has not yet attempted: Daniel said that he’d like to take a fire-hose and clear out the entire encampment, adding hopefully that only the “real” activists would come back.

    The main obstacle to the creation of the Spokes Council was that the NYC-GA had already voted against it four times. One audience member observed that no organization would vote to relinquish its power. Some of the strongest proponents of the Spokes Council responded that they had taken this into account, and were planning on creating the Spokes Council regardless of whether the NYC-GA accepted the proposal. They claimed that, in the interests of non-hierarchy, neither the Spokes Council nor the General Assembly should have power over the other.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Vodkapundit is drunkblogging the debate now (8pm eastern, CNBC).


    Now I can go watch something else …. 😉

  8. votermom says:

    Oh, Jim Cramer is co-moderating the debate. Fun.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    5:41PM I see what CNBC is trying to do — keep things moving, keep the Controversy Quotient in the high three digits, and provide a lot fo shouting.

    Well, they got the last part down pat. The rest is a fair-to-middling flop so far.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    5:59PM Newt will also challenge Obama to “seven Lincoln-Douglass style debates.”

    I’d watch. I’d require a liver transplant, but I’d watch.

    6:00PM Newt just did a spiel about iron lungs and the polio vaccine. And conservatives wonder why people think the GOP is out-of-date.

    6:01PM Santorum: I’m on TV!

    6:02PM Santorum: I’ve led on many failed initiatives. MANY failed initiatives.

    6:02PM Santorum has this in common with Obama: He loves to preen about how ineffectual he is.

    6:03PM Romney: I can’t beleive I’m being called on to respond to anything Rick Santorum said.

    • votermom says:

      Santorum looks so giddy to be actually asked questions. LOL.

    • yttik says:

      That isn’t a debate, it’s a mediated session designed to create as much controversy as possible. I mean, come on! This has to be phony. They practically asked Cain how it felt to be a pervert and some idiot was screaming at Ron Paul. Then it was, Mr Romney, what’s it like being a flip flopper?

      Seriously, there’s no substance to this debate and for the first time ever, I can’t blame that on the Republican candidates. This so called “debate” has nothing to do with the issues.

  11. Lulu says:

    “White House officials initially said they thought Kaiser’s White House meetings concerned his charity work. A review of visitor logs by the Sunlight Foundation showed that Kaiser was accompanied by experts on energy policy to at least three of the meetings. In October, a White House official familiar with an internal review of meetings between Kaiser and such senior presidential aides as Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse told ABC News that the White House now firmly believes that Kaiser never broached the subject of the Solyndra loan.”

    Kaiser went to the WH to discuss his “charity” work with his energy expert top guns. Kaiser was grilled by the energy committee staff yesterday and denied knowing anything. Today they released his emails to show him and the WH they know he is lying.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    6:54PM Normally, I would do a wrap right about now, and try to sound much wiser than I actually am, after having drank a fishbowl full of whiskey and ice.

    We, speaking editorially, will not be doing that tonight.

    Instead, I’ll leave you with one small thought, and I hope it’s something you will take to bed with you, cuddle with it a little bit, and then try to remember its name tomorrow morning. And it is this:

    As bad a job as CNBC did hosting tonight’s pretend debate, there is no way — not even if CNBC used CGI to replace the candidate’s faces with with Carrot Top’s — that the debate as a whole could suck even 1% less than Rick Perry forgetting his own program, live and on national TV.

    • DandyTiger says:

      So sad about Rick. He’s totally done but is so pathetic he doesn’t even know it. I think the others that have no chance at least know they have no chance and are there for other reasons.

      Newt, who previously had no chance all the sudden might and is probably thinking: damn, I’m here to sell books and try one last time to keep relevant and the idiots might just nominate me. Damn.

      The GOP is so pathetic. This was their election and they’re just throwing it out the window. They’re done. They were so scared shitless of Palin that they’ve opted for Obama instead.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Is it really too late for Sarah ? 😦 Since Obama’s going to win anyhow, may as well throw some balls to the wall and run her on a third party ticket…..Draft Sarah !

        • DandyTiger says:

          Her stated reason for not considering third party is that it would more likely make Obama win. I don’t think that’s true. But if she did that and Obama won, still very likely IMO, then she’d be deemed the spoiler. WTF I’d do it anyway.

  13. HELENK says:


    Joe Paterno will not coach another game. He is out.
    what a sad way to end a long outstanding career.
    I do wish he had done more to help those kids and get rid of the pervert.
    Papa Joe was an icon at Penn State. this is heartbreaking

  14. WMCB says:

    I watched zero debate and read nothing political today. Watched old B&W Cary Grant and Hepburn movies and played online scrabble half the day. It’s getting to be “mental vacation” time for me. I can’t take 24 hour politics all the time.

  15. myiq2xu says:

    I just saw Faith Hill on a music awards show. She’s still cheating on me with her husband.

    That’s it. I’m putting my foot down. I’ll give her just one more year to leave him, then I’m dumping her.

    Okay, maybe two years, but that’s final.

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