Kaiser Thiefs

Obama bundler’s private equity firm could profit from Solyndra bankruptcy

A private equity firm with close ties to the Obama administration could end up profiting from the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the solar panel company that received more than $500 million in taxpayer-backed loans.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Democrat rents farmland to telecom, sponsors legislation favorable to that telecom

An Iowa Democratic House member has raked in more than $50,000 since 2002 for hosting a cell phone tower on his property, while sponsoring a number of bills designed to boost rural telecommunications.

King of the Wind

Former Maine governor and ‘independent’ Senate candidate made the most of alt-energy bill he signed into law

Former Maine governor and independent Senate candidate Angus King is an alternative energy entrepreneur who made the most of an electric-utility restructuring law that he signed during his governorship, while obtaining loan guarantees via the same program that loaned more than $500 million to the failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, records show.

Nat gas tycoon $1.1B in debt

Chesapeake CEO took loan from own board member

In the wake of a damaging report that Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon had taken out more than $1.1 billion in personal loans over the past three years, new details have emerged showing the energy tycoon borrowed money from a member of his company’s board and failed to disclose it.