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While visiting with a group of “administration folks in DC who are in charge of the stimulus process (White House, not DOE) Solyndra came up,” Mr. Kaiser wrote in an email, adding that “every one of them responded simultaneously about their thorough knowledge of the Solyndra story, suggesting it was one of their prime poster children.”

Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee called the release of emails Wednesday “misleading and inaccurate” in a letter sent to their Republican colleagues. They said Mr. Kaiser’s meeting with the “administration folks” wasn’t about Solyndra, but focused instead on his foundation’s efforts to build a park in Oklahoma powered by “on-site geothermal energy” and a study by the National Energy Policy Institute on energy policy.

Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Diana DeGette of Colorado, in a letter to Republicans, said Mr. Kaiser told committee staff during an interview that he did not mention Solyndra during a two-hour dinner he had with Mr. Obama in Las Vegas in October 2010.

After the dinner, Mr. Kaiser told Mr. Levit that he never mentioned Solyndra directly to Mr. Obama.

“I talked in general about the Chinese and solar but didn’t want to get too specific with him,” Mr. Kaiser wrote in an email the next day.

During his interview, Mr. Kaiser said he could recall one time when he possibly mentioned Solyndra to White House officials, referring to a February 2010 meeting, according to the letter from Mr. Waxman and Ms. DeGette.

The Democrats say Mr. Kaiser rejected any opportunities to get involved in lobbying the White House for support in getting the Energy Department loans for Solyndra.

“I never lobbied for Solyndra,” he was quoted as saying in a recent interview with congressional staff.