Here's an interesting article from the National Legal and Policy Center.
Like Solyndra, Ecotality appears to be another shaky “bet” for the Obama administration. Formerly Alchemy Enterprises, the company was launched in the April 1999 with the intent to become a wholesaler of environmentally friendly cleaning products.
The article isn't interesting simply because it's another example of cronism gone bad; the article is interesting because it invoves some really high profile local officials including Slade Mead and Harry Mitchell.
He began by donating $1,000 in December 2005 to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. That was followed by three separate donations totaling $3,600 to the successful Congressional campaign of Harry Mitchell, a former state Senator and Mayor of Tempe....
Similarly Ecotality board member Slade Mead, an attorney and sports agent, engaged in a brief flurry of donations to federal candidates in the 2006 campaign, giving Mitchell the maximum allowed $4,200 and Giffords $3,915, plus another $500 to her for 2008.
Twenty-seven-year-old Colin Read, who is Ecotality’s Vice President for Corporate Development, was Mitchell’s assistant finance director in 2006.
Read the whole thing....