That's Weird?… State-Run Media Actually Reports on Carnahan $107 Million Wind Farm Scandal
How often does this happen? The state-run media today actually reported on the Carnahan family wind farm scandal. Maybe because it’s a Friday afternoon and they figured that most people had already started their weekend.
Tom Carnahan, brother of Robin and Russ Carnahan, was gifted with $107 million in stimulus money for his wind farm project in Missouri.
The Carnahans got a windfall in stimulus dollars. We got the bill.
The AP reported:
Fertilized with federal stimulus money, 100 new wind turbines have cropped up among the soybean fields of northwest Missouri, and they’re generating some high-voltage sparks in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.
That’s because the Lost Creek Wind Farm, which received $107 million in stimulus money, was developed by a company run by Tom Carnahan — the younger brother of Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.
Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the project during a visit to Missouri in April 2009. Two weeks ago, the White House included it on a list of “100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America.”
Since then, the wind farm has generated a steady breeze of criticism for Republicans.
Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith claimed the Carnahans “used their power and influence to bail out their own brother with more than $100 million in taxpayer dollars.”
This week, Robin Carnahan’s Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, began airing a TV ad showing Robin and Russ Carnahan, the two candidates, standing in front of a wind farm. The ad accuses Robin Carnahan of campaigning for the stimulus act and claims Tom Carnahan “lobbied for his special deal.”
The Carnahans deny their family connections played a role in the federal renewable energy grant. Russ Carnahan voted for the stimulus act, and Robin Carnahan — who is secretary of state — has said she supports it. But the Carnahans say no one asked the Obama administration for money for the Lost Creek Wind Farm, nor would have that been necessary.
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