Conservative group going up with ads attacking Obama over Solyndra
November 2nd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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Conservative group going up with ads attacking Obama over Solyndra

Washington (CNN) - A D.C.-based political advocacy group that backs Republican causes says it's launching a multi-media campaign Wednesday demanding that the White House provide "real answers" over the administration's decision to issue federal loan guarantees in 2010 to Solyndra, a solar energy company that has since filed for bankruptcy.

The organization, Americans for Prosperity, says it will start running a 60 second television commercial that accuses the president of "risking billions of taxpayer dollars to help his political donors."

The spot, which the group says it will spend $2.4 million to run over the next two weeks in the battleground states of Florida, Michigan, New Mexico and Virginia (with the possibility of expanding to Nevada), ends with the narrator urging voters to "tell President Obama that you shouldn't use taxpayer dollars for political favors."

Americans for Prosperity, which supports many tea party movement causes and which also pushes for reducing government regulation in the oil and gas industries, was co-founded by industrialists Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers are major supporters of conservative and libertarian causes.

A House GOP leader announced Friday that Congress will be sending subpoenas to the White House for internal documents regarding the decision to issue federal loan guarantees in 2010 to Solyndra. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will meet Thursday to consider a resolution authorizing the issuance of the subpoena.

The White House sent 2,000 pages of e-mail communications to Capitol Hill this month, according to a source familiar with the congressional investigation. The communications provided details about who at the White House was looped in on the deal while red flags were being raised about the financial soundness of the company.

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff William Daley announced Friday that he is ordering a 60-day independent review of the state of the Energy Department's loan portfolio. The review will include recommendations about how to improve the loan monitoring process.

But the audit doesn't go far enough for AFP.

"The American people have absolutely had enough. They are sick of being put on the hook for expensive and wasteful loans to President Obama's so-called green energy pet projects. We demand to know how our money is being spent, and why it is being thrown down a hole in the name of 'green energy,'" says AFP President Tim Phillips.

AFP says the television commercials will be augmented by what they describe as an intense social media campaign, and that the media blitz coincides with a bus tour and rallies in support of what they call "sensible energy policy based on sound economics."

Phillips says research his group has conducted indicates that the issue is enormously important to independent voters, especially younger independent voters who supported Obama in big numbers in the 2008 election but who now may have become disillusioned with the president's actions.

National Democrats are responding to the new ad campaign, saying the push by AFP has alterior motives.

"Never has it been so obvious that the Koch brothers political activity is motivated by preserving and growing their multi-billion dollar oil empire. It is against our nation's interests to cede the clean energy industry to China. Americans of all parties support investing in clean energy because it will create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and stop billionaire oil executives like the Koch Brothers from profiting just because energy prices are high," says Bill Burton, senior strategist for Priorities USA, an independent group dedicated to helping re-elect the president next year.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Okay – but while you're at it – let's go back to the beginning of time and expose ALL investments by the government that FAILED – including WARS!!! There was an investment – it failed – we LOST – move on!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 2, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  2. enough of lies

    obama will give more lies and untruths just like the untruth that he is african american, obama is white and arabian, he has no relatives from africa and no family members were ever slaves, just more lies from the wanna be.

    November 2, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. Dovetail

    Obama needs to be raked over the coals for this frivolous waste of taxpayer money. Remember when he said he would go over every spending item with a fine tooth comb? Just turned out to be another lie.

    November 2, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Yet this same group of knuckle dragging neanderthals had no problem with Bush wasting trillions in an unnecessary war, giving unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy, big oil, and big businesses. When you add in the Bush bank and wall street bail outs, Bush drove our national debt 8 trillion dollars. The loss of 8 million jobs has driven us to a near depression. Conservatives has no credibility.

    November 2, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    IF a mistake was made either in judgment or in not investigating the financial soundness of Solyandra I can live with it, because unlike Haliburton it was not done for personal profiteering, but in search of a better solution to our energy needs.
    Obama is not perfect. He is bound to make mistakes. I rather that he make them in his committed search to improve the country's collective lot.

    November 2, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |