Neumann Got $500,000 In Grants

Solar energy companies owned by a tea party Republican strongly opposed to the 2009 federal stimulus package received half a million dollars in grants under the programs.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that GOP candidate Mark Neumann’s company Neumann Solar Leasing received about $81,000 in grants last year. But Neumann said Friday that his company and another one, MN Solar Leasing, had gotten even more in stimulus grants and other tax credits.

The U.S. Treasury Department confirmed that MN Solar Leasing got nearly $418,000 in stimulus grants. Neumann said his companies have gotten about $250,000 in additional tax credits established by President George W. Bush.

Neumann said the incentives have helped his companies invest in Wisconsin projects and create about 50 jobs.