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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Scott Coffina
Before solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC went bankrupt, the U.S. Department of Energy — which had signed off on more than a half-billion dollars in loans — approved paying up to $1.1 million for an investment bank's advice on restructuring Solyndra "both in and out of bankruptcy," records show.
"I do know it's not up to the Department of Energy to restructure them in bankruptcy or hire a financial adviser for them," he said.
Scott Coffina, who served from 2007 to 2009 as associate counsel to President George W. Bush and who acted as White House legal liaison to the Energy Department, said it made sense for the department to hire Lazard, but he said it was strange that the company would provide advice on restructuring Solyndra.