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The Corruption Continues:DOE Official Hired By Firm After It Got Millions From The DOE

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.

San Francisco-based 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 led DOE’s transition from Chu to current Energy Secretary Ernest  Moniz. He also served as the White House’s deputy director of cabinet affairs  and worked for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

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. The contract was integral to  the president’s stated goal of getting a million electric vehicles on the road  by 2015.

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