“ECOtality’s Revolving Door – Electric vehicle manufacturer hires DOE official after receiving more than $100M in federal funds”
“A former top Energy Department official has taken a position on the board of a company that received millions in taxpayer money from the department through a stimulus program that has come under criticism from Congress and independent watchdogs.
… ECOtality announced in a July 9 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has appointed Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff for recently departed Energy Secretary Steven Chu, to its board.
Hurlbut marks a high profile addition to a roster of political connections that helped ECOtality secure more than $100 million in taxpayer financing for its electric vehicle charging stations.
ECOtality secured a $99.8 million award in 2009 to install nearly 15,000 electric vehicle chargers throughout the country.”