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  • Federal Advisory Committee Members Land Millions in Taxpayer Backing

    Members of a federal advisory committee on the adoption of biofuels have seen millions in taxpayer dollars steered to their companies while sitting on the committee, Scribe reports in today’s Washington Examiner. The Biomass Research and Development Board, created in 2000, makes recommendations to the Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture … More

    Inspector General to Investigate EPA Enforcement

    The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency will begin an investigation into the consistency and fairness of the agency’s enforcement actions, according to a letter drafted on Friday. The IG will focus on EPA Region 7, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. The investigation will address three questions, … More

    USDA Backed $7.5 Million Stimulus Loan for Convicted Financial Felon

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed a $7.45 million loan to a company owned by a convicted financial felon as part of the president’s stimulus package. The loan guarantee, one of 515 given out by the USDA as part of the stimulus to fund rural development projects, helped David Myers … More

    While Obama Stonewalled Congress, His Campaign Called for Transparency

    President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent further congressional oversight of the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious operation on the same day it bemoaned the supposed lack of transparency among some conservative non-profits. Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, touted efforts on the campaign’s website to get Crossroads GPS, a … More

    Left-Wing Religious Group Circulating Pro-HHS Mandate Talking Points

    A left-wing religious organization is running a public-relations campaign in opposition to major Catholic groups as part of its ongoing efforts to promote President Obama’s health-care law. The group, Faith in Public Life, circulated a memo, embedded below, to members of the news media on June 7 offering a range … More

    DOE Sent Confidential Information to Loan Guarantee Applicant

    Emails uncovered by congressional investigators show that a top Energy Department adviser sent confidential government information to representatives of a company vying for federal financing. The company, which is tied to multiple politically connected green-energy firms, eventually received a $1.4 billion partial loan guarantee from DOE. “[P]lease do not sent … More

    Lobbying Pays Off in Latest Batch of Energy Department Handouts

    Green-energy lobbying firm Liebman & Associates is up front about the service it provides. “With Mr. Liebman’s strategic counsel,” explains the bio of President Murray Liebman, “L&A’s clients have secured well over one billion dollars ($1B) in federal government investment.” Liebman followed through on that claim this week. The former staffer … More

    HUD-Backed Real Estate Magnates Host Obama Fundraiser

    President Obama will attend a fundraiser on Tuesday at the home of real estate developer who has directly benefitted from financial support by the federal government. Josh and Genine Fidler will host the president at their Owings Mills, MD, home during the president’s Tuesday swing through Maryland and Philadelphia. Guests will … More

    Politically Connected VC Firms Double Down on Taxpayer-Backed Companies

    Some highly-connected venture capital firms are upping their investments in green energy companies after those companies received taxpayer backing. A pair of top investment firms have increased their stakes in two companies that benefited from federal “investment.” By 2010, solar company Solexel had received investment from some of the most politically-connected venture … More

    Politically Connected GSA Contract Recipient Raises Big Bucks For Obama

    President Obama is raising significant campaign cash from a company that received a federal contract worth nearly $30 million just months after a top White House official signed on as a senior vice president. During his Wednesday trip to California, Obama met with a group of 25 high-powered donors who … More