The Center for American Cronyism—and Saudi Progress?

September 20, 2011 06:59

I’m starting to get the sense that CAP exists to do little else than promote a green agenda on behalf of the undisclosed corporate donors who so generously fund their work with taxpayer money they received from officials at the Department of Energy before they left the administration for jobs at CAP.  – Weekly Standard

Sep 19, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER at The Weekly Standard


Steve Spinner, another prominent Obama donor, served as a top official in the Energy Department program that made the half-billion dollar loan to the now bankrupt solar panel maker.

Spinner also used his platform at the Center for American Progress to promote other, well-connected companies that were lining up for money from the Department of Energy. Among them, First Solar, Inc., which has already spent more than half a million on lobbying so far this year, and whose officers have made hundreds of thousands in political contributions to Democrats.

CAP has been at the forefront of the environmentalist campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would take oil from Canada’s tar sands all the way to Texas and Oklahoma at the rate of some 700,000 barrels of terror-free crude a day.

Would you be surprised to learn that the Saudis are major donors to the Center for American Progress?


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