At the same time, many Solyndra executives and employees were opening up their checkbooks to make political donations. Additionally, iWatch News reported that Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, who bundled between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama's 2008 campaign, was one of Solyndra's lead investors.
According to research by the Center for Responsive Politics, Solyndra employees have donated $20,800 to federal candidates and committees since 2006, when the first donations were made.
Of this sum, 72 percent benefited Democrats, 27 percent benefited Republicans and 1 percent benefited Libertarians.
In addition to the FBI investgiation, Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk (iWatch News and ABC News) report that the US Treasure has just opened an investigation. Dana Hull (Mercury News) reports, "Widening the probe of Solyndra's collapse, House Republicans on Wednesday released e-mails showing that White House aides pressured budget officials to finalize a decision on a $535 million loan guarantee to the solar panel maker because they were eager to have Vice President Joe Biden announce the news at Solyndra's 2009 groundbreaking ceremony in Fremont.""
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