When Fisker Automotive announced it would buy an old General Motors plant in Delaware last fall, it was mostly reported as good news. The one bit of controversy was what role vice president Joe Biden played; Fisker said he was emphatically not a factor for locating the plug-in hybrid plant in the veep's home state.
That statement wasn't enough for conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which is filing a Freedom of Information lawsuit over documents relating to the purchase, the Newark Post reports. Judical Watch's press release says, in part, that:
Is this just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks (a quick glance at the JW website shows that they're involved in a lot of topics) or do they know something we don't?Fisker's selection of the plant, and Vice President's participation in the press conference announcing the plant reopening as well as his intimate knowledge of Fisker's production plans, raised questions in the auto industry as to whether there was any quid pro quo arrangement with the Vice President related to the purchase, especially given the fact that a large government loan made the purchase possible. (Moreover, given that the federal government is the majority owner of GM, there are other potential conflicts of interest related to this deal that merit investigation.)