Good lord, these people can’t even dabble in seaweed without there being an inevitable crony connection:

Solazyme, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in the plant matter, has received more than $25 million in federal grants and contracts as part of Obama administration’s controversial stimulus package, and is poised to receive millions more as part of the president’s recent efforts to promote green biofuels such as algae.

The firm employs a former member of the Obama-Biden transition team who, according to one online bio, “played a key role in developing the energy provisions in the economic stimulus bill.”

TJ Glauthier, who is listed as a “strategic adviser” and corporate board member, previously held a number of high-ranking posts in the Clinton Administration, including deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Glauthier’s bio on the Solazyme website used to note that he “focused primarily on the energy portion of the economic stimulus bill,” but has since been amended to remove all reference to his work in the Obama administration.

It does mention, however, that Glauthier serves on the board of EnerNOC Inc., a company that provides demand-response services to electric utility firms.

EnerNOC won a $10 million contract with the Department of Energy Resources in 2010 despite being underbid by competitors, the Boston Herald reported.

Glauthier also served on the board of SunRun, a solar financing company that received a $6.7 million federal grant in 2010.

Glauthier’s relationship with Democratic lawmakers has been beneficial. Since 2007, he has donated nearly $8,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, including $2,500 to Obama.

Solazyme’s other board members and top executives have given much more.

In total, Solazyme officials have contributed at least $360,000 to Democrats since 2007. The majority of that money has come from just three individuals: board members Jerry Fiddler ($226,650) and Daniel Miller (more than $36,000), and executive vice president of technology Peter Licari (more than $100,000).

Not a bad deal: “I’ll make sure you get millions of taxpayer dollars if you use some of the money to help fund my re-election.” A time-honored tradition.

So, just donate a bunch of money to Obama’s re-election, stop cleaning your aquarium for a few weeks, apply for a DoE grant for “green fuel” research, and voilà! You too can be an algae millionaire!

Read Michelle Malkin’s column today for more on the algae racket.


30 Responses to “Cronyism: The Proof is in the Plankton”

  1. Truesoldier__ on March 21st, 2012 5:58 pm

    Speaking of crony green energy schemes, I'll bet if somone looks into Sempra they will find plenty more. Sempra owns a solar power plant in Nevada. Obama is planning to visit it to tout it as a huge success story.

    It has 5 full time employees and received $54 million in taxpayer money.

  2. Marshall_Will on March 21st, 2012 6:13 pm

    Good luck explaining to even those Obamabots on the fringe how all of this wasn't pre-meditated graft, greed and corruption? Virtually none of these start-ups existed before 2009.

  3. backwoodsconsr on March 21st, 2012 6:35 pm

    But they can give you an earful about Dick Cheney and Haliburton.

  4. SignPainterGuy on March 21st, 2012 7:25 pm

    True enough …. and they can`t wait to "gotcha" with it !

  5. backwoodsconsr on March 21st, 2012 6:38 pm

    Lately I've been hearing from his devoted minions that there's nothing anybody can do about the economy. In other words, If the Great O can't fix it, it's beyond anybody's power to fix. The idea that his methods are the problem is just too terrible to contemplate.

  6. Truesoldier__ on March 21st, 2012 8:16 pm

    In a way they are right. There is nothing anyone in Government can do to fix the economy, so they should all get out of the way.

  7. backwoodsconsr on March 21st, 2012 9:09 pm

    Exactly. Show me a Democrat who will explain that to the voters.

  8. backwoodsconsr on March 21st, 2012 6:34 pm

    How about we make Obama and his cohorts walk the plankton.

  9. Marshall_Will on March 21st, 2012 7:28 pm

    "that there's nothing anybody can do about the economy"

    Not just a S. Carolina thing then. We're getting shrugged & flummoxed in OR! Certain aspects of the fallout were bound to be the same under McCain. "Zombie banks" that should've died a natural death still dragging chains up and down the hallway, sucking the life out of The Fed and by extension, the U.S Economy.

    Unwilling to lend for fear of another round of cross defaults, ultimately dragging them down with it! THAT 'was' trouble enough. In listening to both Rick and Mitt's comments last night, they're hammering away at it. Particularly where start-ups are concerned.

  10. Pasadena Phil on March 21st, 2012 10:08 pm

    I can't wait for the first algae spill that triggers some new untreatable infection outbreak. More likely that there will be an algae facility explosion. Doesn't algae emit large volumes of combustible methane?

  11. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2012 12:27 am

    Somebody should make a movie about that..!

    Low budget B-movie type stuff that leaves you wondering why bothered paying the price of admission. Kind of like this administration? Feeling a little better every day. Some will point to Obie's casual approach and "see an encumbent that doesn't seem too worried about getting re-elected".

    The balance of us see a loser packing his bags and saying his goodbyes. Don't want to get ahead of myself or read too much into it, but it leaves me wondering if that's why Michelle started Twitchy? Just a thought!

  12. Pasadena Phil on March 22nd, 2012 11:45 am

    Michelle has always been at the cutting edge of the blogosphere and Twitchy seems to be the first attempt to parlay her blog into a major up-to-the-second news service. Besides, the comment threads are really stale. I can't imagine she gets must pleasure reading our comments any more.

  13. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2012 12:33 pm

    Impossible to imagine she isn't as burned out on "the Obama Problem" as the rest of us. I believe she does scan the comments for links and angles that might prove pertinent like any good blogger should.

    While she was asking for feedback on Twitchy I mentioned, one HuffPo link sent your way can ruin the whole day! Why shouldn't Conservatives have access to celeb/pop culture feeds without exposing yourself to a potentially fatal dose of Lib talking point drivel?

    You're right, even though I co-ran an Econ/Housing blog for years, had it not been for MM I probably wouldn't have fully understood what Twitter 'was' let alone how powerful a tool it can be? Dragging Conservatives into new technologies, kicking and screaming….

  14. SignPainterGuy on March 22nd, 2012 3:18 pm

    Algae Man ! Able to slime America, her allies, the US Constitution, the rule of law and all his opponents in a single campaign speech ! Able to cancel centuries of tradition and common sense with one stroke of his Executive Order pin !

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    Is there anything Bammie can't touch and not ruin?

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    … or touch and not ruin?

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