Obama WH Pressured General on Testimony for the Benefit of Corporate Donor

Pentagon had issues with broadband company tied to Democratic donor, which WH tried to paper over

The Obama administration pressured Air Force General William Shelton to change his testimony to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to make it more favorable to a company owned by a large Democratic donor.

The Pentagon has been resisting a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, which aims to expand broadband for commercial use and whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone. General Shelton oversees Air Force Space Command and has run into issues with the project, which causes interference with his department’s GPS capabilities.

LightSquared obtained an advance copy of Shelton’s testimony and then the White House asked him to alter it to add that he supported the White House policy to add more broadband and that the Pentagon would resolve their issues with LightSquared within 90 days. Shelton refused the intervention.

“There was an attempt to influence the text of the testimony and to engage LightSquared in the process in order to bias his testimony,” Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) told the Daily Beast in an interview.

The Obama administration has already caught flack for securing a half billion dollar federal loan guarantee to a now bankrupt solar company called Solyndra that is also tied to a major Obama fundraiser. The incidents are especially embarrassing to the Obama administration who came into Washington promising transparency and denouncing “politics as usual,” only to engage in political cronyism on a grand scale.

Author: John Glaser

John Glaser writes for Antiwar.com.