As person in charge of these WH liaisons, it looks like Valerie Jarrett’s name is now being pulled into some of these scandals.
From what I’ve seen anybody that is connected to this administration is involved in all the scandals.
“As Americans watch Congressman Issas probe into the Department of Justice, ATF and Fast and Furious or Congressman Uptons inquiry into the Solyndra debacle, there is almost certainly White House Liaison (Jarrett) involvement close to the center of the controversies. “
W.H. aides debated politics of Solyndra visit
That same day, DoEs stimulus point man, Matt Rogers, defended Solyndra in an email to Klain. The going concern letter is standard for companies pre-IPO, Rogers wrote, adding, the company should be strong going into the fall with their new facilities on line.
Rod OConnor, who was Energy Secretary Steven Chus chief of staff at the time, also chimed in to Klain. Bottom line is that we believe the company is OK in the medium term but will need some help of one kind or another down the road, OConnor wrote.
Klain then sent the two comments from the DoE officials to Jarrett with a recommendation that Obama participate in the event at Solyndra.
Sounds like there are some risk factors here but thats true of any innovative company that POTUS would visit, Klain wrote. It looks like it is OK to me, but if you feel otherwise, let me know.
Im comfortable if youre comfortable, Jarrett replied.
Klain responded, The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few will be belly-up by Election Day 2012 but that to me is the reality of saying that we want to help promote cutting-edge, new economy industries.
Democratic sources: Biden chooses chief of staff
Nov 13 07:15 PM US/Eastern
By LIZ SIDOTI
Klain is a former partner in the Washington law and lobbying firm O’Melveny & Myers.
Senate lobbying records show that at the firm, Klain’s lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, U.S. Airways, Time Warner and the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, a business group that sought government help resolving asbestos lawsuits. However, the most recent lobbying Klain appears to have done was in 2004 for Fannie Mae and Time Warner.
He was involved in both of Clinton’s presidential campaigns, and was Gore’s top aide in the vice presidential office for several years. He later had a senior role in Gore’s 2000 campaign, including the Florida recount and Supreme Court standoff that ultimately tipped the election to George W. Bush. Actor Kevin Spacey played Klain in the 2008 HBO film “Recount.”
In 2004, Klain was among several veterans of the Clinton-Gore political campaigns who advised retired Gen. Wesley Clark in the Democratic primaries. He backed Biden, whom he had known from working with Senate committees, four years later.
THE PURSUIT OF A DAUNTING ENERGY JOB
Washington Post - Wednesday, January 6, 1993
Author: Al Kamen ; Thomas W. Lippman ; Steven Mufson ; David S. Broder
Washington lawyer Jamie S. Gorelick, a longtime FOZ (Friend of Zoe’s), has put together a legal brain trust to assist Attorney General-designate Zoe E. Baird at her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.).
The group includes two former Biden chief counsels, Mark Gitenstein and Ron Klain , former staff director Jeff Peck, and Duke Law School Prof. Walter Dellinger, veterans of bitter fights over judicial nominations in the late 1980s who now find themselves working for, not against, committee confirmation.
Jan 5, 2011
Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, is leaving the White House to become the new president of Case Holdings, the investment company of AOL co-founder Steve Case. Klain is leaving his current position later this month and will oversee Cases various holdings including investment firm Revolution LLC, investments in Hawaii including Grove Farm and Maui Land & Pineapple, and Steve and Jean Cases Case Foundation.
We spoke with Case to talk about Klain and the direction of Revolution LLC, which has invested in hot start-up companies such as LivingSocial Inc., which recently raised $175 million from Amazon.com, Zipcar Inc., which is in IPO registration, Everyday Health Inc., and Revolution Money Inc., which was acquired by American Express Co. in 2009 for $300 million.
In early 2011, he was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as Chairman of the Startup America Partnership and named to the President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness.
Nov. 8, 2010
The Obama administration is working on streamlining the Department of Energys loan guarantee program, a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tells me this morning. The move follows a leaked memo (online here) dated October 25, reported by the Wall Street Journal (and picked up by others), from White House officials to the President that lays out several recommendations for ways to revamp the DOE loan guarantee program. One of the recommendations from that memo was moving the remaining loan guarantee program funds to another renewable energy grant program, basically killing the loan guarantee program.
But instead of reprogramming the loan guarantee program, the Obama administration and the DOE have decided to remain committed to the program and try to make it better and take less time, the OMB spokesperson tells me.
October 25, 2010. MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT. F ROM: CAROL BROWNER. RON KLAIN. LARRY SUMMERS. SUBJECT: Renewable Energy Loan ...
And about time. She’s been one of his handlers from way back.