From the Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Democratic Party says that if the U.S. House wants to subpoena President Barack Obama over Solyndra, then the House should also investigate Sen. Orrin Hatch’s support for Raser Technologies.
Critics have charged that Hatch — a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s stimulus loan to now-bankrupt Solyndra — is hypocritical in that he also supported government funds for a green energy company, Utah’s Raser Technologies. Hatch backed seven earmarks for the now-defunct company, though none of them were funded.
But the Utah Democrats might want to check their facts before throwing out some big claims on Hatch’s involvement.
“Senator Hatch has shown a great amount of hypocrisy by criticizing the president, when the senator himself was involved in the loss of $33 million dollars of taxpayer’s money to Raser Technologies, a Provo energy company that’s gone bust,” Utah Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis said in a news release.
Only Hatch, as far as I know, was not involved in that $33 million grant to the company; that money came from a Treasury Department program that is solely under the control of the Obama administration.
Also, the Utah Democrats charge that “it has now been discovered” that Hatch sent in seven earmark requests despite his initial denials of trying to funnel any money to Raser.
As I pointed out in my story on that subject, Hatch’s office was actually the one that came forward to correct the record on the earmarks. Though I’d love to claim I dug up the senator’s earmarks requests, it was Hatch’s spokesman, Matt Harakal, that called them to my attention and offered up a mea culpa.
Judge the Democrats complaint as you’d like, but it’s only fair to know the facts when you do.