Friday, June 1, 2012

Will Abound Solar lobbyist make the Enemies List?

Previously, I discussed Colorado-based Abound Solar, recipient of a $400 million DOE loan guarantee back in 2010, and it's move to lay off some 280 people, 70% or so of its entire workforce. Additionally, the company has put off building a second facility in Indiana (the DOE loan was largely based on the building of this second facility, by the way) indefinitely. To be blunt, the company looks dead in the water. Luckily for the taxpayer, only $70 million or so of the loan monies have been doled out, though the guarantee remains in place for the rest, as far as I know.

I also delved into the Obama Campaign's Truth Team recently, in particular the "enemies list" on the "Keeping GOP Honest" portion of the website. Again, what the website says about this list of private individuals:
A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them. Here’s a look at just a few of the people Romney has relied on:
And about some of them--identified as "Special Interest Donors"--the site says this:
Romney’s stances on social and economic issues, like his long-standing alliance with Big Oil, attracts the contributions of high-dollar donors who are interested in pursuing a specific agenda. Here are just a few of special-interest donors that Romney is taking money from:
One of the four individuals to make this list--I won't use names--is singled out for being "a registered lobbyist for a wide array of energy clients, including Marathon Oil and Shell Oil." That's it. That's the sum total of the "attack" on this person.

But in context, the idea is clear: this person is a special interest donor, someone that has raised big money for Romney and who clearly has their own agenda, special treatment for their clients. What does this have to do with Abound Solar? Enter Allison Sherry at the Denver Post with this tidbit of information:
A lobbyist for Colorado-based Abound Solar, a recipient of a $400 million federal loan guarantee to expand solar panel production, is a large fundraiser for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney. 
iWatch News reports that FaegreBD Consulting’s Cathy Tripodi who represents Abound is a Romney “bundler” and raised $27,000 for him in April.
Now, raising such an amount of money puts Ms. Tripodi in the same camp as the other lobbyist on the "enemies list." So I would guess the Truth Team will soon be amending the list and adding her name to it. Right?

What's that? You don't think so? Well, why not? She's a lobbyist and she raised money for Romney. Therefore, she must be after special treatment for her clients, including Abound Solar. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, after all.

Of course, Abound Solar isn't Big Oil or Big Pharm. And that fact alone will likely make all the difference.

Cheers, all.

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