Romney fundraiser a lobbyist for failed green energy firm
February 1st, 2012
02:01 PM ET
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Romney fundraiser a lobbyist for failed green energy firm

(CNN) - One of Mitt Romney's fundraising "bundlers" works as a lobbyist for the green energy firm Ener1, which became a flash point for Republicans last week when it filed for bankruptcy three years after receiving a $118.5 million grant from the Obama administration.

Robert T. Grand raised $110,150 for Romney in the last three months 2011, according to documents filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. Grand, who works in the Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, lobbied for Ener1 in 2011, according to the Senate Lobbying Database.

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The lobbying database indicated Grand lobbied lawmakers for "Legislative and administrative proposals establishing grants, loans, and loan guarantees to fund the construction of domestic lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities."

Ener1, which makes a variety of energy storage devices under different subsidiaries, is the parent company of EnerDel, the car battery division that received the government grant to help build a manufacturing plant in Indianapolis.

AutoObserver, an automotive industry publication, reported in July that Indiana lawmakers secured $6.5 million in earmarks for Ener1.

AutoObserver also reported some lawmakers warned against giving the company any federal earmarks or grant dollars because Ener1's biggest backer is a Russian oligarch, Boris Zingarevich. The lawmakers were concerned American technology would end up in Russian hands.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    So they're going to complain about the people who funded the company, but not the people who could not manage a profit?

    February 1, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "The lawmakers were concerned American technology would end up in Russian hands. "
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    Maybe they should have been worried about American dollars ending up in Russian hands, too.

    February 1, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Chumlee

    So let's be clear: the GOP represents a group of total hypocrites!

    February 1, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. IndianaIndependent

    Where is the story that 2 of Obama's bundlers were part of Solyndra?

    February 1, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Glenn Doty

    The DOE has actually performed better under Obama than it had under Bush or Clinton – when essentially 100% of their R&D funding went to companies that are now bankrupt. I'm not defending the DOE. The top-down funding structure is flawed... but Obama inherited that, and his people are doing a better job with it than those that came before them.

    However, one of the relatively few companies that WAS a complete flop was Ener1... and the champion of that turd is supporting Romney the Hypocrite... That says something. Romney has managed to court one of the dumbest members of the green movement who has already proven to be a failure and was allowed to fail by the current government that didn't see any reason to support a dead-end flop... so Romney courted this guy and picked him up.

    Great.

    February 1, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Joy! Another person of a lobbyist nature comes calling, another reason that I will run away fast from this filthy rich stupified dimwit who never worked a ditch digging day in his life. This ding dong has no way of relatting to the 99%.

    February 1, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |