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Crony Governmentism: Energy Edition

Anthony Randazzo
February 16, 2012, 2:54pm

Not so sure this is crony capitalism as much as it is just straight up cronyism:

Overall, the [Washington] Post found that $3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.

See the full story and juicy details in the Washington Post

One leading example:

Following an enduring Washington tradition, Wagle shifted from the private sector, where his firm hoped to profit from federal investments, to an insider’s seat in the administration’s $80 billion clean-energy investment program.

He was one of several players in venture capital, which was providing financial backing to start-up clean-tech companies, who moved into the Energy Department at a time when the agency was seeking outside expertise in the field. At the same time, their industry had a huge stake in decisions about which companies would receive government loans, grants and support.

During the next three years, the department provided $2.4 billion in public funding to clean-energy companies in which Wagle’s former firm, Vantage Point Venture Partners, had invested, a Washington Post analysis found.

So, ah, yeah, nice to have that change in Washington. 


Anthony Randazzo is Director of Economic Research


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