The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy.
Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the
Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing
and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he
saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit.
Spinner was last in the headlines in October, when emails surfaced
showing he had pushed for the Solyndra loan from his post in the Energy
Department, apparently in an effort to score the loan as a political
victory for President Obama.
The fast-tracked Solyndra loan became the showpiece of the Obama
administration's Green Energy loan program -- a plan to give a jolt of
federal aid to firms developing new forms of alternative energy.
Solyndra, the program's inaugural loan recipient, received $535 million. (Continues at ABC)