Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad
January 16th, 2012
02:21 PM ET
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Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad

(CNN) - A conservative group announced Monday they were spending millions to spotlight President Barack Obama's involvement in the failed green energy firm Solyndra, which received loan guarantees from the federal government before it declared bankruptcy.

Americans for Prosperity said they spent $6 million to run the minute-long spot in the battleground states of Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Iowa. The ad began airing Monday.

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The conservative group touted the ad as the "first major ad buy of 2012 focused on the Obama Administration's failed policies."

"This ad is important because it puts a spotlight on how cronyism and blind ideology came together in the halls of the White House," Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, said in a statement.

Solyndra failed after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees in 2009. Prior to the bankruptcy, President Barack Obama visited the company to tout it as a model for green industry.

The spot accuses Obama of helping secure the loan guarantees for Solyndra for political reasons.

"We all know about Solyndra," the narrator says. "The White House emails. The FBI raids. Solyndra investors raised campaign money for Obama. The government gives Solyndra half a billion in taxpayer money. Politics as usual."

The ad closes with the narrator telling viewers, "Tell President Obama American workers aren't pawns in your political games."

Americans for Prosperity supports many tea party movement causes, and has pushed for reducing government regulation in the oil and gas industries,

The group was co-founded by industrialists Charles and David Koch, who are major supporters of conservative and libertarian causes.

In November, AFP ran a similar ad attacking Obama for the Solyndra affair. That buy was for $2.4 million, and ran in the battleground states of Florida, Michigan, New Mexico and Virginia.

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • President Obama
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Gale

    Well, if the shoe fits, wear it! Maybe if he keeps looking, Obama can find some one to blame this on!!

    January 16, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. markfromdover

    Isn't it ironic..they will spend 6 million to show Obama wasted money!

    January 16, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Straight Shooter

    The main difference betweent he two parties is that Dems want people to think for themselves, and Reps want to tell people what tho think and make it a law that they have to.

    January 16, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Isn't it ironic..they will spend 6 million to show Obama wasted money!"
    ------
    In an effort to defend Obama, we have here an admission from an Obama supporter that Obama was wasting money. Yep, I couldn't agree more. Sweet, sweet irony.

    January 16, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    You could substitute any number of other Obama scams in this commercial. How many BILLIONS in "stimulus" money went to union versus non-union workers? How many millions do the unions give to Obama nad the Democrats?

    Obama's theft of GM and handover to the unions was work BILLIONS. Again, the unions the big winner so they can send Obama and even bigger check.

    Obama, the Democrats and the unions are scamming the country for billions and billions.

    January 16, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Solyndra was originally recruited by the Bush administration to be part of the loan program.

    January 16, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Susan Booth

    Charles and David Koch have ZERO credibility in my book.

    January 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Ah, more manure-like propaganda from the right-wing noise machine. They'll never mention the approval process began during the Bush years. Or that donors to BOTH parties had an interest in Solyndra. Nor will they tell you that like many speculative endeavors, losses like Solyndra were budgeted for, and losses to date are LESS than projected. Nor will they acknowledge the billions lost in Iraq. All important parts of the context that will be lost entirely when Lies and his extreme rightwing goose-steppers scream their Fakes News talking points.

    January 16, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. TB

    If you want to know where the money went, just ask the Solyndra executives. Oh...that's right...they all took the 5th...

    "Go on, take the money and run..." Steve Miller

    January 16, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Little Jimmy Truth

    The 1.2 trillion raise debt says hello.

    January 16, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. S.positive

    Hasn't worked here in Ohio, we are still going to re-elect President Obama for another 4 years so keep wasting other peoples donated funds. You may have kid us in 2010 but not this time. Gov. Kasich for one has made sure the gop is losing Ohio. Too much bad taste, just too much bad taste...

    January 16, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Doesn't even come close to the "investment" in Iraq. The two war criminals that executed that plan will never be tried or executed. THAT's the real shame.

    January 16, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. chuckles

    "Well, if the media isn't going to do their job, I guess we will have to do it for them." -Americans for Prosperity

    Guys: save your money. The people don't care if Obama is a fraud–they will vote for him because they think they will get more free stuff. And they will (at least until all the money is gone–then it's going to be a big, fat Greece party).

    January 16, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GI Joe - Doesn't even come close to the "investment" in Iraq.
    ============================================
    You mean the investment a lot of Democrats voted FOR including Hillary Clinton???
    Yes, I though you did!

    January 16, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Solyndra was originally recruited by the Bush administration to be part of the loan program.
    ---------
    Misleading at best. The Bush administration created an umbrella program whereby companies could apply for loan guarantees to fund promising energy technologies. The Obama administration was the one who, despite a questionable business model, approvd it for Solyndra.

    January 16, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. chuckles

    Are you libs REALLY going to claim this is Bush's fault???!??! How many posts on this so far? Fiscal liberalism is a mental disorder. It defies logic, but you people continue to swear by your destructive policies.

    January 16, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Umege Karl

    No chance in the White House for a Republican in 2013.

    January 16, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. @Tothiwim

    AFP and the Kochs are just spending money preaching to their choir. They have no credibility with independents, let alone with Dems. Everyone will assume AFP and the Kochs are the sources for any attack ads against President Obama, ignore them, and think even less of the Rep candidates, if that's possible.

    January 16, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Nick

    You have that right, we have a the worst president since Carter! The blame goes too you oboma. only you.. Just lies and lies..

    January 16, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. roro

    At least this administration put money into a green energy alternative and not two unpaid-for catastrophic wars. BTW – I believe Solyndra was initially targeted for loan money by the Bush administration

    January 16, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Namejkane fl

    At least Obama tried to create some jobs which is more than can be said for the teapublican obstructionest in congress for the last three years. Non issue as far as I'm concerned. The only issue is to get rid of these extremest that have been holding back the economy with their obstruction of Obama job and inferstrure programs by attaching extremest riders to these bills that have no support except from teapublican clowns.

    January 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. BrofromtheO

    Obama and green energy. Bush and oil. Hmmm... Maybe Obama should pursue oil. Perhaps then the Republicans wouldn't be so harsh.

    January 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Misleading at best. The Bush administration created an umbrella program whereby companies could apply for loan guarantees to fund promising energy technologies.
    --------------------
    Stop sweeping facts under the rug with the excuse misleading. The Bush regime created the program just as you said, but they also *actively recruited* and encouraged Solyndra to participate in the program.

    January 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Solyndra was originally recruited by the Bush administration to be part of the loan program
    ==========================================================================
    "recruited by the Bush administration"??? Yeah, right, that's why the Bush Administration TURNED THEM DOWN because they were NOT a good investment!! But Obama nad his oh so smart business geniuses with NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE fast tracked them for a huge loan instead. Of course,the fact that a MAJOR INVESTOR in Solyndra was a big Obama fund raiser that visited the Whitehouse numerous times had absolutely nothing to do with it, right? wink, wink, wink.....

    Obama's Chicago style sleaze and corruption at its best!

    January 16, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Robert

    Nice work, Mittens! I look forward to Obama spending 60 seconds to respond with: "But, mittens, some companies succeed, and some companies fail.. isn't that what YOU said??"

    January 16, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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