Exclusive: EPA Awards $90,000 to Big-time 2008 Obama Campaign Donor

The Obama administration is, no doubt, infatuated with the EPA, but it’s even more infatuated with the President’s generous campaign donors, of which liberal academia plays a key role.

So the EPA announced yesterday they are awarding three universities with the People, Prosperity and Planet (P3) Phase grants at the Annual National Sustainable Design Expo this year.  Each P3 grantee will collect up to $90,000 to “further develop their design, apply it to real world applications or move it to the marketplace.”  And here are the lucky three:

  • Appalachian State University, NC for developing an artificial wetland suitable for recycling of grey water from small businesses for immediate reuse.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL for designing a foldable solar power water purification system that can fit into a backpack for easy transport for use after a disaster affecting drinking ether supply.
  • Vanderbilt University, TN for developing a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for rare metals (mined) and is capable of producing electricity.

Because solar power has been so successful?

Of course, that’s just the prologue.  Remember, Obama is in election mode.  He needs serious campaign cash, and the third grantee on the list, Vanderbilt University, is a prime candidate, as the organization became a prominent donor for Obama’s 2008 presidential bid — forking out nearly $130,000 to his campaign.

So, in effect, Obama doled out $90,000 of taxpayer dollars in return for $130,000 in campaign dollars.  Not a bad deal.