A Brandon megadonor received a $500 million government loan to build a solar company in India.
The United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) granted First Solar the loan after lawmakers demanded the government avoid funding solar companies connected to slave labor in China (John Kerry’s favorite kind of solar projects).
“The United States International Development Finance Corporation, formerly known as OPIC, has a history of deals gone bad when mixing taxpayer dollars with politically connected entities like First Solar,” said Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center. “This agency has a history of favoring entities backed by huge political contributors, like First Solar, by giving them less scrutiny while prioritizing politically connected projects above entities and individuals who are not politically active.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
A solar energy company owned by a Brandon megadonor received a $500 million government loan to build a manufacturing facility in India, the Brandon administration announced this week, raising questions about whether the company’s political clout played any role in the financing decision.
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation granted the loan to First Solar, which is owned by billionaire Walmart heir Lukas Walton, to build a solar module plant in India. Walton contributed over $300,000 to President Brandon’s campaign last year, and over $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee, according to campaign finance records.
The loan to First Solar is the “largest single debt financing transaction” issued by the DFC, the agency announced this week. The DFC said the investment in the India project will “promote DFC’s commitment to diversifying supply chains,” following demands from lawmakers that the agency avoid funding any solar projects connected to forced labor in China.
Ethics watchdogs said the loan raises questions about whether First Solar’s political connections played a role in the DFC’s decision. The federal financing agency, which was formerly known as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, has faced criticism in the past for funding projects linked to political donors. The loan also comes nine years after the Obama administration came under fire for approving $3 billion in loan guarantees to the same company—funding that Republican lawmakers alleged the company wasn’t qualified to receive.
On September 6, 2011, Solyndra, a ‘solar energy startup’ that received a $535 million loan from the Obama Regime, filed for bankruptcy.
It was a success for Obama donor George Kaiser.
Emails revealed that investor Kaiser pushed for a loan to a solar energy company that later went bankrupt.