VIDEO: Taxpayers Fund ‘Ridiculous’ Chevy Volt Village

NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica was interviewed by Gerri Willis on the Fox Business Network on August 6. Here’s a transcript:

Gerri Willis: Moving on to a story, I know you are going to love. “In Focus Tonight,” the Chevy Volt village. An entire town dedicated to the controversial taxpayer backed car that so happens to spontaneously combust in flames. The government is teaming up with the private sector to test out its green agenda by dumping these Chevy Volts on an entire community. And did I mention you are helping to pay for this? Joining me now is, Mark Modica with the National Legal and Policy Center. All right, Mark, what is going on here?

Mark Modica: Hi Gerri, yes, this is called the Pecan Street Partnership. Funded with $10.4 million of taxpayer money. Edmonds dubs it Chevy Volt ville. They are giving away not only the … Read More ➡

VIDEO: Motorists Report Battery Problems in Taxpayer-Subsidized Nissan Leaf

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Union Boss Says Green Jobs Are Bull****

Another undercover operation by Project Veritas, which is led by investigative video specialist James O’Keefe, has revealed what labor unions truly believe about the billions of dollars that go toward the alleged “greening” of our energy usage.

They’re “bull****”

Those were the words that came out of the mouth of John Hutchings, a legislator for New York’s Broome County, who is also a construction market representative for the Laborers International Union for upstate New York. He is also an executive officer of the Central New York Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, according to his bio.

Project Veritas actors, who portrayed leaders of a make-believe company called Earth Supply and Renewal, captured the remark in a meeting they obtained with Hutchings and other union leaders to discuss the possibility (again, this was an act) of winning government grants or contracts for their work. The only problem was that Earth Supply and Renewal … Read More ➡

Note Regarding Previous Postings

The articles entitled “Was Treasury’s GM Bankruptcy Ally Rewarded by Energy Department?” originally published on May 2, 2012 and a subsequent article entitled “More Energy Department Rewards for GM Bankruptcy Allies?” originally published on May 21, 2012 have been permanently removed because of many material factual inaccuracies. We apologize for any harm done.

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Congressmen Got Countrywide Loans But Where is Ethics Committee?

Towns photoNLPC Chairman Ken Boehm reacted yesterday to the release of a report detailing how members of Congress and their staffs received discounted mortgage loans from Countrywide Financial. Boehm told the Washington Examiner:

“It certainly doesn’t look good when reports come out based on legitimate investigations that show all kinds of special treatment, and not only is there no action, the Ethics Committee doesn’t even take it up,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. “What part of unethical don’t they understand?”

The report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), cited loans to Reps.  Edolphus Towns (D-NY), in photo, Buck McKeon (R-CA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA).

The Countrywide case is the latest instance of inaction by the House Ethics Committee, which is already dragging its feet on investigations of Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) … Read More ➡

Obama’s Green Jobs Don’t Materialize

NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser was interviewed on Fox Business Network’s Willis Report on Thursday. Here’s a transcript:

Gerri Willis:  Joining me now, Paul Chesser, Associate Fellow at the National Legal and Policy Center. Hey Paul, welcome back to the show, always great to have you here.

Paul Chesser:  Great to be here.

Gerri Willis: Let me tell you, this is crazy, is it not? I want to just show folks with some of these companies that got loans from the Department of Energy – the jobs that were promised but never delivered. You look at A123 we just talked about this 2,200 jobs that were promised, never delivered. Dow Kokum 230, Ener1 1,450. The list goes on and on and in every case we’ve given the companies money, taxpayer money. Is this any surprise? Should I not be shocked?

Paul Chesser:  Well it is hundreds … Read More ➡

Execs Get Bonuses at Money-Losing Green Firms

NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser was a guest Monday on the Willis Report on Fox Business Network. Here’s a transcript:

Gerri Willis: Burning through taxpayer money, but churning out big bonuses for green energy executives. One of the outrageous parts of the Obama Administration’s failed green energy agenda. It started, as you know, with Solyndra, but it is spreading fast. Paul Chesser is an associate fellow at the National Legal and Policy Center. Welcome back to the show, great to see you.

Paul Chesser: Good to see you.

Gerri Willis: You know, we’re going to focus on First Solar today. And this shocks even me and I have heard every overspending story in the world, probably. But this company called First Solar, they … Read More ➡

A123 Systems: The Next Solyndra?

NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser was a guest Monday on The Willis Report on the Fox Business Network. Here’s a transcript:

Gerri Willis: Another company falling under the headlines – the next Solyndra. Why one battery maker may be headed towards bankruptcy and what it got from taxpayers. Coming up.

Gerri Willis: After a $249 million dollar stimulus grant from the federal government you would think electric car battery maker, A123 systems would be in great financial shape. So, then, why is it being dubbed the next Solyndra? Here to weigh in is Paul Chesser an associate fellow for the National Legal and Policy Center and Robert Bryce, a senior fellow for the Manhattan Institute. Robert, let’s start with you. What the heck is wrong with this company? I mean, you look at this. They got all kinds of federal … Read More ➡

Rangel Fined $23K For Using Rent-Controlled Apartment as Campaign Office

Rangel photoIn response to a Complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into a conciliation agreement with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and his so-called National Leadership PAC (NLP). The FEC found that “there was reason to believe” that Rangel and NLP violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by using a rent-stabilized apartment as a campaign office. Rangel and NLP agreed to pay a fine of $23,000. Click here to download a 23-page pdf of the Conciliation Agreement. Click here to download a 16-page pdf of NLPC’s Complaint.

The Complaint was based on articles in 2008 by David New York Times reporter David Kocieniewski that detailed how Rangel lived in three adjoining rent-stabilized apartments and used a fourth as a campaign office. This coverage prompted a more far-reaching examination of Rangel’s finances that led NLPC to discover that Rangel failed … Read More ➡

What the Legal Services Corporation Doesn’t Want Congress to Know

LSC logoNLPC Chairman Ken Boehm has submitted this written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which is holding a hearing today on funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC):

Members of the House Committee on Appropriations are certainly used to hearing from representatives of federally-funded programs about the good work done by such programs and why they need many millions more in taxpayer funds, despite the unsustainable national debt. This year the Legal Services Corporation has submitted a FY2013 budget request for $470 million.

As someone who served in senior positions within the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) from 1989-1994 (Counsel to the LSC Board, Director of the Office of Policy Development), I would like Congress to know what LSC does not want them to know.

Most funding for LSC-funded programs comes from non-LSC sources – not LSC.

But you would not find this important … Read More ➡