Matt Lewis

Romney’s fundraiser today features Solyndra lobbyist

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

Mitt Romney attended a New York City breakfast reception this morning, in which the Bay Stater wooed $2,500 donors with dry banter and perhaps even drier scrambled eggs. The most interesting element of the fundraiser, though, was one of the event’s co-chairs: Bill Weld.

Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, has been retained by Solyndra at $825 per hour. Solyndra, of course, is the collapsed solar-panel maker that cost tax payers north of a half billion dollars.

Per the Washington Times:

U.S. taxpayers risk losing more than a half-billion dollars from the collapse of solar-panel maker Solyndra Inc., but former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld and his associates stand to earn a windfall in fees representing the bankrupt company in coming months.

Two weeks after the company was raided by the FBI, Solyndra filed papers asking a bankruptcy judge to allow it to pay $825 per hour to Mr. Weld, a former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts who endorsed Barack Obama for president, and lesser amounts to four others at the McDermott Will & Emery law firm, including a former White House reporter turned adviser specializing in crisis management.

Interestingly, Weld isn’t the only lobbyist connected with Solyndra to back Romney.

It’s also worth noting that Romney has, of course, attacked the Obama Administration over Solyndra.