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Prisons Make Solar Panels For Obama Cronies

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Green Energy Gulag: Federal inmates build solar panels for company with ties to Obama administration

Andrew Stiles
June 20, 2012

The Obama administration is using prison labor to advance its green energy agenda, enriching foreign companies and some of the president’s largest campaign donors in the process.

Federal Prison Industries, most commonly known by the trade name UNICOR, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Justice. Established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934, UNICOR was intended as a voluntary work-training program for federal inmates. It has recently gone into business supplying federal agencies with green energy technology such as solar panels.

Hundreds of federal inmates earn between $0.23 and $1.15 per hour manufacturing solar panels at UNICOR facilities in New York and Oregon. The panels are then sold to a variety of government agencies, which are obligated by law to purchase them

Who says that Obama isn’t creating jobs? However, these aren’t union jobs. They don’t even pay anywhere near minimum wage. So where is the outrage?

One of the alleged rationales for the program is to allow federal agencies to purchase domestically produced solar panels at an affordable price.

Thomas Friedman from the New York Times should be happy. We are becoming more and more like China every day.

UNICOR typically partners with private companies to install the panels and help the agencies put in place other energy-saving measures. Major beneficiaries of this system include Constellation Energy, which was recently acquired by the Exelon Corporation, a Chicago-based utility provider with deep ties to the Obama administration.

Less than two week after the two firms finalized their merger, Constellation won a 20-year contract to provide renewable energy to 10 State Department facilities, including its Foggy Bottom headquarters, as well as a portion of the White House campus

Constellation, like Solyndra, received hundreds of millions of dollars for green energy projects in the 2009 stimulus package. The company, Peter Schweizer notes in Throw Them All Out, was identified as a promising investment by liberal billionaire George Soros, who bought 300,000 shares of Constellation that same year.

Constellation’s new parent company, Exelon, is one of the most politically connected firms in the country, as well as one of President Obama’s top sources of campaign contributions.

Exelon employees, including a number of current and former top executives, have donated at least $246,000 to Obama since 2007, including at least $83,000 this cycle…

Exelon was Obama’s fourth-largest campaign donor when he ran for Senate in 2006, contributing more than $73,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The firm donated $326,000 to Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Frank Clark, who recently retired as chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, another Exelon subsidiary, helped advise Obama before his 2008 presidential run and has been a prolific campaign bundler ever since. Clark has already raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for the president in the current cycle.

Exelon board member John Rogers has bundled more than $500,000 for the president this cycle, as he did in 2008, and has personally contributed at least $100,000 to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities Action. Rogers, who played on the Princeton basketball team with Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, recently attended the wedding of senior White House adviser Valeria Jarrett’s daughter in Chicago.

The connections extend well beyond the large campaign contributions of top executives. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod is a former consultant to the company. Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel helped broker the $8.2 billion merger between PECO Energy and Unicom that led to the firm’s creation in 2000. It was the biggest deal of Emanuel’s two-year career as an investment banker in Chicago, during which he pocketed more than $16.2 million, according to congressional disclosure forms.

Obama’s close ties to Exelon became a contentious issue during the Democratic primary in 2008, when Hillary Clinton accused her opponent of cutting deals “behind closed doors” to benefit “one of his largest contributors.”

At the very least they are teaching the inmates to ‘never steal anything small.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Prisons Make Solar Panels For Obama Cronies”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’d cll this a preview of our future if Obama is re-elected.

  2. Anonymoose says:

    Rahm pocketed just $16.2 million?

    Federal prisoners being put to work making products for a company that donates heavily to Obama?

    That rustling in the wind noise is the MSM’s reaction to this, as they rush into their offices to ignore the news that the entire Democrat party of the “little people” is acting an awful lot like what they accuse the Republicans of.

    Meanwhile they wait with baited breath for him to legalize marijuana and gay marriage as the things that will save our country……..

  3. Tater Salad says:

    From what I understand, judges and wardens who are connected to “the penal system”, the same ones who get a portion of the phone call proceeds when prisoners make phone calls are also getting kickbacks on these panels that are produced. The materials are supplied by the taxpayers through the BoP and the revenues generated get “diddied up” between these scam artists and the Obama Boys.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Skip the suntan: COME ON NOVEMBER!

  5. wirenut says:

    HAW! The Obamite’s are suck’n second wind to their real heros. The chi-com’s. Forced workcamps with “real” barbed wire are heading to a town near you. It must be green, or we’ll paint it that way. Only a career felon could gather a group of criminals, to do his bidding. I’d just like a plate for my car, not a new voteing block of degenerates.

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