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    DOE Issues Nearly $1 Million to Ailing A123 on Day of Bankruptcy Filing

    The Department of Energy’s clean energy grant-making program delivered a reimbursement to ailing battery maker A123 approaching $1 million on the same day the company filed for bankruptcy, according to Reuters: The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after … More

    Green Graveyard: An In-Depth Look at Government's Bad Bets on 19 Now-Bankrupt Companies

    As a follow up to the Green Graveyard overview, this post provides additional information concerning the funding for each of the now-bankrupt green energy companies. In one of the most extensive compilations to date, Heritage has identified 19 bankrupt green energy companies that were unable to succeed even with the … More

    Federal Grants May Have Illegally Funded Lobbying Activities

    Federal funds may have illegally supported state and local lobbying efforts as part of a “prevention and wellness” program by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to HHS’s Inspector General. The IG noted that possibility in a letter to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who first raised concerns about … More

    Morning Bell: 'Buying' House Votes for Unpopular Legislation

    An examination of “administrative earmarks” around the time of congressional votes on key pieces of President Obama’s agenda suggests the White House used its power to fund local projects as a means to “buy” votes for major legislative efforts. Administrative earmarking refers to the federal government’s allocation of funds from … More