Judicial Watch • Obama Administration Refuses to Release Milestones Missed by Fisker under Conditions of Auto Manufacturer’s $528.7 Million Government Loan

Obama Administration Refuses to Release Milestones Missed by Fisker under Conditions of Auto Manufacturer’s $528.7 Million Government Loan

Obama Administration Refuses to Release Milestones Missed by Fisker under Conditions of Auto Manufacturer’s $528.7 Million Government Loan

APRIL 03, 2012

Department of Energy Releases Blacked Out Records on “Green” Car Milestones

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that the Obama Department of Energy (DOE) refuses to release details regarding the milestones missed by the failing Fisker Automotive under the terms of its $528.7 million bailout loan from the DOE.  In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed February 14, 2012, by Judicial Watch, the DOE released “in part” a Microsoft PowerPoint document that was mostly blacked out.

Judicial Watch sought the following records:

[A]ny and all records identifying, describing or setting forth the milestones that have been missed by Fisker Automotive under the terms of its $528.7 million conditional loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The purpose of the Obama administration’s Fisker bailout was to help the company manufacture its Karma and Nina electric vehicles. In response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, the DOE released three Microsoft PowerPoint slides entitled “Karma Milestones,” “Nina Milestones,” and “Funding Milestones,” respectively.  On the Karma and Nina records, there are three categories of information, “original,” “status” and “revised.”  On the page regarding funding, the three categories are labeled, “Original,” “$ Mils,” and “Status.”  The DOE redacted all key details printed on these three records under these categories, citing Exemption 4 of FOIA law related to “trade secrets.”

Judicial Watch’s FOIA request regarding Fisker’s missed milestones is part of a comprehensive Judicial Watch investigation into the Obama administration’s bailout of this failing automobile manufacturer.

“The Obama administration’s response to this simple FOIA request is not only dishonest it is insulting to the American people. How dare the Obama Department of Energy take over half-a-billion dollars from the taxpayers and then tell them it’s none of their business whether these funds were put to good use! I suspect the information on these blacked out pages of records is embarrassing to the Obama administration.  But embarrassment is not a valid reason for withholding records. The Fisker scandal is debacle for taxpayers and the Obama administration is in cover-up mode,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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  • geodamontodd

    What would you expect from an administration that disrespects the American people? Obama is destined to be remembered as the biggest hypocrite of all time. His greatest contribution will be reminding voters that politicians, even politicians seeking to become president, need to be carefully vetted so that America will never again be victimized by charlatans lacking respect for the United States – even people like Obama – who seem to harbor a deep-seated resentment for the country that offered him the same extraordinary opportunities promised everyone by our Constitution and rule of law. Frankly it must be extremely difficult to be in Obama’s situation. Nevertheless, his “angry Black man” character, seemingly Obama’s favorite persona of choice, appears grossly disingenuous when the most powerful man in the world tries to claim it for himself.

  • Thomas Post

    The milestone not reached, and you can see it in press articles with research. October 2012 start of production, one month before the election in November. Fisker asked for an extension from the DOE, till April 2013 and was dropped, Fisker said they where not going to be treated like a political football and is seeking private financing.

  • kylefclark

    Why should we be surprised? Did anyone actually expect milestones to be released, or gains made another one of his green boondoggles at the taxpayers expense. Impeach this imbecile already!




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