|Obama labor secretary Hilda Solis tours W&K, 2011|
Back in April, we told you about another solar energy crime family, the W&K gang in sunny Ohio. In addition to ripping off Italian investors, the green gonifs also got away with fifteen million dollars taken from Ohio taxpayers. We feel bad for the Italians, who should have done due diligence before they parted with all those lira. But why would the government of Ohio, a state whose economy was already swirling down the rust belt commode, allow its taxpayers to be hornswaggled? Hadn't they heard about Solyndra?
Breitbart reports that the Toledo Blade has found the answer: Ohio's then governor, Democrat Ted Strickland, was on the take.
So, as governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland saw that WK Solar was in trouble after the state loaned them $5 million. Why on earth would he make the decision to flush another $10 million of Ohians money down the toilet?
In 2010, WK Solar executives — including CEO Michael Cicak and president James Appold — donated almost $25,000 to Gov. Ted Strickland’s re-election campaign. Cicak also donated to Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher’s US Senate campaign. Fisher served as director of the Department of Development under Governor Strickland.
Later that year, in July of 2010, the Department of Development lent WK Solar an additional $10 million in taxpayer dollars. Strickland’s administration also approved multiple deadline extensions for required financial reports, as well as deferrals for required loan repayments. [emphasis added]
What a deal for "WK Solar executives" - a measly $25K to "green jobs" scammer Strickland got them a cool $15 million, coerced from Ohio families.