Steve Spinner Runs Away from ABC at DNC

Man who helped fast-track Solyndra loan attending finance events at the DNC

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The man who helped fast-track the $535 million Solyndra loan is at the Democratic National Convention — and running from ABC News.

Steven J. Spinner, a former "chief strategic operations officer" in the Department of Energy, is attending finance events in Charlotte, and seems to be a top donor to the city's host committee, according to ABC.

When reporters tried to ask Spinner questions on the convention floor, he ran away:

ABC News made repeated attempts to interview Spinner as the Solyndra saga unfolded, and he declined. When he was approached by ABC News on the convention floor Monday, he bolted for an exit.

A DNC employee blocked ABC News reporters from following Spinner as he broke into a run.

"You can't follow people," the aide said, as he held up his arms to keep the camera from filming Spinner as he left the venue.

Spinner has raised at least $500,000 for the Obama campaign this cycle.

In 2009, Spinner was actively engaged in discussions about Solyndra, despite signing an ethics agreement pledging not to do so; Spinner's wife was a partner at the law firm advising the company on the loan process.

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