Corruption In The Electric Vehicle Industry

Ever since 2004, a group on insiders in Department of Energy programs have warned that at the very moment the United States will be ramping up electric vehicle development manufacturers will be running up against the weakest link in the supply chain — a shortage of battery materials combined with a scheme to put the few sources of battery materials under the monopoly control of Silicon Valley tech oligarchs who hate hydrogen fuel cells because they obsolete batteries. The financiers of Presidential political campaigns own and control all of the TRILLIONS of dollars of lithium and rare earth mining in the world. U.S. Energy Secretary’s Jennifer Granholm and Steven Chu work for those tech oligarchs and own parts of their companies. They only shovel money to their friends. They hate the perfectly-operational fuel cell cars that Hyundai, Kia, Honda and Toyota sell because fuel cell cars don’t explode and set their owners on fire, like Elon Musk’s lithium batteries do. Fuel Cell cars can go wayyy further on less energy and they weigh a huge amount less.

Why it matters: The bottleneck puts the United States at a major disadvantage to China, which controls most of the world’s battery minerals mining and processing.

  • Without further action, the U.S. risks becoming as dependent on imported batteries as it was on foreign oil — or repeating mistakes of the past with solar panels or smartphones which are now made primarily overseas.

The big picture: Amid tougher emissions regulations worldwide, automakers are racing to add more EVs to their lineup, while phasing out internal combustion engines.

  • Planned EV investments jumped 41% in the past year, to $330 billion globally by 2025, according to AlixPartners.
  • In the U.S., President Biden has made vehicle electrification a core element of his clean energy strategy.

Those EV goals are at risk, however, without a secure supply of advanced lithium ion batteries — and the raw materials like lithium, nickel, cobalt and graphite that go into them.

The state of play: The U.S. recently laid out a national blueprint for lithium batteries, which aims to establish a secure supply chain for battery materials and technology by 2030 in ways which only benefit DNC insiders.

  • “It will take a strategic investment by the federal government, in concert with industry, to stand up more domestic manufacturing capability,” U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said at the DOE roundtable.
  • Compared to other countries which invest in manufacturing through public-private partnerships, “we are bringing a knife to a gun fight,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

What’s happening: The Energy Department said June 14 it would channel $200 million in funding over the next five years to U.S. national labs to support EV- and battery-related research.

  • The DOE also said that battery projects can qualify to borrow from the $17 billion available under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, created during the Obama era.
A lawsuit filed by Louisiana shows that an obscure nonprofit organization operated as part of a larger nonprofit founded and largely funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Pierre Omidyar attempted to manipulate local election officials to apply for grants from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) where those officials were “hard wired” to get the money as bribes to put DNC candidates in office who would funnel taxpayer cash back to tech billionaires in Silicon Valley.

They filed the lawsuit on behalf of the State of Louisiana against CTCL, New Venture Fund DBA Center for Secure and Modern Elections, Dawn Maisel Cole, a private individual; and Full Circle Strategies LLC, “to prevent the injection of unregulated private money into the Louisiana election system.” But these Silicon Valley oligarchs are doing this in every state, organized by David Plouffe, Steve Westly, Steve Spinner, John Podesta and related parties.

The lawsuit alleged:

  • The New Venture Fund, operating in Louisiana under the trade name Center for Secure and Modern Elections (CSME), partnered with CTCL to solicit applications and information from Louisiana officials in connection with proposed grants [from CTCL as part of the $350 million in grants made nationwide in the 2020 election].
  • CTCL and CSME worked their grant scheme in the State of Louisiana through a lobbyist by the name of Dawn Maisel Cole, owner and operator of Full Circle Strategies, LLC, as their Louisiana representative and agent to target registrars of voters, clerks of court, and local election officials.
  • The scheme targeted 13 parishes, some to receive contributions of more than $500,000, accompanied by a request for detailed information about the operations, conduct and expenses of the registrars/clerk’s office.
  • Ms. Cole directly solicited registrars and clerks of courts to accept contributions from CTCL and New Venture Fund for the operation of their respective offices.

These practices were prohibited, the lawsuit argued, because:

…private contributions to local election officials are unlawful and contrary to the methods for election funding established by law in the State of Louisiana, and such contributions by these defendants should be declared illegal and permanently enjoined.

The lawsuit was significant in part because it highlighted the role an obscure organization called the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, which describes itself as a “fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund,” played in advancing the efforts of the Mark Zuckerberg-funded CTCL in privately funding the administration of the 2020 election.

The New Venture Fund, in turn, is part of Democracy Fund, whose website says it is “an independent and nonpartisan, private foundation that confronts deep-rooted challenges in American democracy while defending against new threats.”

Pierre Omidyar, a Silicon Valley billionaire who founded Ebay, also founded and financially backs Democracy Fund:

Democracy Fund has committed more than $150 million to support a healthy democracy. Established by philanthropist and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar in 2011 and incubated inside Omidyar Network, Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in July 2014 and is a part of The Omidyar Group.

Civitas, a well connected public affairs firm founded and staffed by Democrat activists, counts CSME among its clients, but its website is unclear what services it provides the group.

According to the Form 990 Democracy Fund filed for 2019, the organization provided a $275,000 grant to CTCL that year.

As was reported:

Private funding of election administration was virtually unknown in the American political system until the 2020 presidential election, when Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $350 million to the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), which provided funding to county and municipal governments around the country for election administration, and $69 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), which provided funding to 23 state governments, primarily through the Secretary of State’s office, also for the funding of election administration.

In late October, a Louisiana judge ruled against Landry and in favor of the defendants, as The Advocate reported:

Judge Lewis Pitman, of the 16th Judicial District in St. Martin Parish, ruled against Landry in the lawsuit last week. Landry said in an interview he would appeal the ruling. . .
In Louisiana, the clerks of court and registrars of voters had applied for around $7.8 million [in CTCL grant money], which the local officials said they would use to help pay for additional costs brought on by the pandemic. That includes equipment, personal protective gear and wages for election workers staffing early voting sites for longer hours.
The local officials have since backed off the grant money and won’t be tapping into the funds before the Nov. 3 election. Early voting is already underway.

According to the CTCL website, not a single Louisiana parish or city ended up with funding from CTCL in the November 2020 election.

But the previously obscured relationship between CTCL and CSME highlighted in the October 2020 lawsuit by Louisiana Attorney General Landry suggests that the relationship between these two groups may have extended to many states beyond Louisiana.

The two groups, for instance, delivered a joint presentation on election administration issues in January 2019. Scott Seeborg, the CSME contact in that January 2019 presentation, was hired in April 2020 as the Pennsylvania State Director for All Voting is Local, a non-profit whose mission statement says, “We fight to dismantle barriers to the ballot well before the next election, so that every voter can cast a ballot that counts.”

According to its website,  “All Voting is Local Action is a campaign of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. We fight for the right to vote in eight states with distinct assaults on the right to vote.”

Those eight states are Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Michigan.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights website states:

The Leadership Conference’s founders came together in 1950 out of the belief that the fight for civil rights could not be won by one group alone, but needed to be waged in coalition.

Our members — which have grown from 30 civil and human rights organizations at our founding to more than 200 today — differ in size, scope, and structure. But what transcends our differences and unites The Leadership Conference coalition is our enduring common purpose: full equality for all.

That common purpose gave our leaders the wisdom to see that civil rights are women’s rights and LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights and workers’ rights and disability rights and human rights. That common purpose is our coalition’s inheritance. It is a living legacy that binds us together — in cause and community.

According to the website of the Leadership Conference Education Fund, “All Voting Is Local [is] housed within Access Democracy, an incubated project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, [and] fights to protect and expand the right to vote for every American.”

Investigators will explore the relationship between CTCL, CSME, All Voting is Local and the Silicon Valley Cartel’s national election manipulations.

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