"W.H. Aides Debated Politics of Solyndra Visit"

"Top White House officials debated the political implications of President Barack Obama’s May 2010 visit to Solyndra, just before his trip to the California solar company, after hearing from one of Obama’s top 2008 fundraisers, according to internal email excerpts released Monday by House Democrats.

Steve Westly, a prominent California venture capitalist and a member of Obama’s 2008 national finance committee, raised warning flags to senior Obama advisers regarding the solar company’s finances.

'A number of us are concerned that the president is visiting Solyndra,' Westly wrote White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on May 24, 2010. 'There is an increasing concern about the company because their auditors, Coopers & Lybrand, have issued a ‘going concern’ letter. … Many of us believe the company’s cost structure will make it difficult for them to survive long term.'

Westly urged Jarrett to check with the Energy Department 'to make sure they’re comfortable' with Solyndra."

Darren Samuelsohn reports for Politico October 3, 2011.

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Source: Politico, 10/04/2011