Via Washington Times:
A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts.
LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors.
“Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world sources and consumes energy,” LanzaTech chief executive Jennifer Holmgren said in a news release.
The appointment came just days after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $4 million contract for the company to build a gas fermentation system.
One of LanzaTech’s top financiers, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, is a major donor to the Democratic Party.
Khosla hosted Obama and three Democratic senators at his California home in June for a $32,400-per-plate fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He also donated $1 million to Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA Action in 2012.