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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

From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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