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Driving away from us (Credit: Fisker)

A Karma driving east, to Delaware (Credit: Fisker)

Or so it would seem after the Energy Department released 109 pages of e-mails in response to a lawsuit by Judicial Watch.

The Detroit News read the  e-missives, and reports they reveal that Delaware Governor Jack Markell, lobbying with all the savvy ferocity of a shadchen, bent the ear of the Obama administration's top auto adviser, Ron Bloom. Governor Markell was keen to tie the knot between Fisker Automotive and GM's recently shuttered Boxwood plant.

Fisker, which is developing an $88,000 plug-in hybrid vehicle due out this year called the Karma, was also looking at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, but Boxwood's dowry brought Fisker to that alter; namely, a $529 million Energy Department loan. Not bad, when you consider that Fisker paid $18 million for the Delaware facility.

Of course, Californians can play the game, and do, as in the case of Solyndra.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle reports NUMMI's hired a team of real estate agents, and put the Fremont property up for sale.

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About Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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