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News Economy Energy Tuesday, Feb 7 2012

TPM: GOP Senate Candidate’s Solar Company Took Stimulus Cash

On February 6, 2012, Talking Points Memo reported:

Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI), who is running in a three-way primary for the state’s open Senate seat on a platform of cutting government, has in fact taken government spending from a particular Obama administration initiative: stimulus grants. What’s more, the money was for his solar energy company.

News Energy Tuesday, Feb 7 2012

POLITICO: Mitt's Solyndra? He Handed Out Renewable Energy Subsidies, Too

On February 6, 2012, POLITICO reported:

Just under three weeks into his term as governor, Romney brought a $1.5 million check to Konarka, a well-connected solar startup in Lowell, Mass., itching to buy a new pilot production assembly line. Four other companies also scored renewable energy subsidy awards that same day, including Evergreen Solar, which won $2.5 million for a major expansion and to cover operating losses as it tried to become profitable. Also that day, Romney announced plans to take $15 million from Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Trust Fund — a pot of more than $150 million collected from electricity customers following passage of a 1998 energy deregulation law — and start up a new private venture capital outfit that would back green-minded state businesses with equity, loans and management advice.

News Monday, Feb 6 2012

AP Investigation: Rehberg Underreports Lobbyist Donations

On February 5, 2012, the Associated Press reported:

But an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance disclosure reports through October turned up nearly three dozen lobbyists, who donated a total of about $20,000 to Rehberg's campaign, with their employment left blank on disclosure forms.

News Monday, Feb 6 2012

Washington Post: On Campaign Trail, Romney Skips Questions In Taking Up Mantle Of Likely GOP Nominee

On February 5, 2012, the Washington Post  reported:

Mitt Romney answered his last question from a voter three weeks ago, and just about every day since then, he has swept through towns across America like a whistling train conductor proclaiming, “All aboard.” [...] Although Romney’s avoidance of questions from voters helps prevent him from making unforced errors, it does pose a risk that voters may see him as too cautious, calculating and detached.

AB Leadership Saturday, Feb 4 2012

Springfield News-Leader: Brunner Has As Much As $108 Million In Assets

On February 3, 2012, the Springfield News-Leader reported:

But a significant portion of his holdings are in investments related to precious metals. American Bridge, a Democratic political action committee (PAC), noted that of the investments in his personal trust, about 90 percent are related to gold, silver or other metals. For example, Brunner has between $1 million and $5 million in the Tocqueville Gold Fund, which invests in companies that mine or process gold. And he has between $100,000 to $250,000 in the Hecla Mining Company, which is engaged in the silver, gold, lead and zinc markets.

News Saturday, Feb 4 2012

POLITICO: Brown Pays Own Daughter To Sing

On February 3, 2012, POLITICO reported:

he Brown campaign made three payments to Ambient Entertainment, the company that represents Ayla Brown, since the end of 2010 — $5,000 on Dec. 3, 2010, $500 on Oct. 5, 2011 and $4,000 on Dec. 7, 2011, for a grand total of $9,500, according to 2010 and 2011 FEC filings.

News Saturday, Feb 4 2012

Boston Globe: Scott Brown’s Daughter Was Paid $9,500 To Sing At Campaign Events

On February 3, 2012, the Boston Globe reported:

Family members often help out on campaigns, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, and smiling on stage. Usually, it’s for free. Senator Scott Brown’s campaign has spent $9,500 since December 2010 to pay his daughter to sing at three campaign events, including a pair of Christmas parties.

AB Leadership Friday, Feb 3 2012

POLITICO: Brunner's $12,500 For 'Media Coaching'

On February 2, 2012, POLITICO reported:

A review of his Federal Election Commission filing by the Democratic group American Bridge discovered just how much went into the making of candidate John Brunner.

News Jobs Thursday, Feb 2 2012

Huffington Post: Denny Rehberg, GOP Congressman And Senate Hopeful, Blasts Child Labor Regulations

On February 2, 2012, the Huffington Post reported:

In a speech expounding on the rift between rural America and Washington D.C., Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) vowed Thursday to use his funding powers to stop the Obama administration from implementing new child-labor rules pertaining to agricultural work, accusing the "urban" Labor Department of meddling in a "rural" industry it doesn't understand.

AB Leadership Thursday, Feb 2 2012

BuzzFeed: Marco Rubio Spent Big To Research Himself

On February 2, 2012, BuzzFeed reported:

Marco Rubio isn't running for anything right now, but that didn't stop him from spending more than $20,000 on a top national research firm to check out his own vulnerabilities. [...] "...Now press are digging into things like his family history and his student loans, while liberal Super PACs like American Bridge are doing oppo dumps. So of course we have to do our homework so we can the record straight," said the aide. "The fact that you have sources combing through our FEC report within hours of it being posted says all you need to say about why we are doing our own research." And indeed: The spending was brought to BuzzFeed's attention by American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research group.

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