Issa Pressed For Green Jobs Money

September 23, 2011

By Ed Henry |

After ripping President Obama for allegedly picking “winners and losers” with federal stimulus money, Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif., now finds himself on the defensive after it was revealed he too has been trying to steer federal money for green jobs in his own home district.

Letters obtained by Fox News show that in 2010, Issa pressed Energy Secretary Steven Chu to back a federal loan for an electric-car maker based in Carlsbad, California.

“Awarding this opportunity to Aptera Moters will greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district,” Issa wrote in a Jan. 14, 2010 letter to Chu, which was first reported by Bloomberg News. The letters were revealed after Issa said in an C-SPAN interview that in cases like Solyndra and Lightsquared, the Obama administration has used a “dangerous” approach.

“There’s been this attitude that somehow government can weigh in with loan guarantees and money and pick … winners and losers,” said Issa, who has been aggressive about investigating the White House from his perch as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat on that panel, said Thursday it is stunning that Issa would publicly bash Energy Department loan programs after pushing for his own share of the federal pie.

“Mr. Chairman, in terms of this loan program, it seems like you were for it before you were against it,” Cummings said at a committee hearing that Issa convened on Thursday to scrutinize whether green jobs have panned out the way the Obama administration has promised.

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