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samurai
05-26-2009, 10:29 PM
http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/05/red-alert-did-campaign-contributions.html


RED ALERT: Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?

Critical Updates Below: Red State, American Thinker, Joey Smith and Reliapundit provide anecdotal and quantitative evidence that would appear to confirm a decided bias against dealers who donated to GOP causes or to anti-Obama Democrats.

Special note for moonbats: no one here is saying that the sole criterion for closing a dealership was partisanship. What we ask is: does it seem odd that the list of closed dealerships appears to have contributed a grand total of $200 to Barack Obama and millions to GOP candidates/causes?

Quote from an attorney who Deposed Chrysler's president last week: "It became clear to us that Chrysler does not see the wisdom of terminating 25 percent of its dealers... It really wasn't Chrysler's decision. They are under enormous pressure from the President's automotive task force."

Stay tuned. Data crunching is underway.


A tipster alerted me to an interesting assertion. A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.

To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates. While this isn't an exhaustive review, it does have some ominous implications if it can be verified.

However, I also found additional research online at Scribd (author unknown), which also appears to point to a highly partisan decision-making process.

Consider the partial list of Chrysler dealership owners, listed below. You'll notice that all were opponents of Barack Obama, most through sponsorship of GOP candidates and organizations, but a handful through Barack's Democrat rivals (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in 2008, for example).

Vernon G. Buchanan: $147,450 to GOP candidates and organizations
Wallace D. Alley and Family: $4,500 to GOP.
Robert Archer: $4,600 to GOP and conservative causes.
Homer S. Higginbotham and Family: $2950 to GOP.
James Auffenberg and Family: $28,000 to GOP; $6,000 to one Democrat candidate.
Michael Maroone and Family: $60,000 to GOP; $8,500 to two Democrat candidates.
Jerome Fader: $6,500 to Democrats; $2,500 to Independent Joe Lieberman.
Stephen Fay and Family: $13,500 to GOP.
William Numrich: $20,000 to GOP.
Robert Carver: $10,000 to Democrats including $1,950 to Hillary Clinton, nothing to Barack Obama.

Robert and Linda Rohrman: $24,000 to GOP.
Frank Boucher, Jr. and Family: $18,000 to GOP, $1,000 to one Democrat candidate.
Scott Bossier: $4,300 to GOP.
Todd Reardon: $17,000 to GOP; $2,000 to one Democrat candidate.
Russ Darrow and Family: $78,000 to GOP.
Bradford Deery and Family: $24,700 to GOP.
Charles Gabus and Family: $30,000 to GOP.
Brian Smith: $15,500 to GOP.
Michael Schlossman: $14,000 to GOP; $14,000 to three Democrats ($12,500 to Sen. Russ Feingold).
Don Hill: $11,000 to GOP; $12,800 to conservative incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler.

Don Miller: $2,000 to GOP; $1,000 to Feingold.
Eddie Cordes: $2,150 to GOP.
Robert Edwards: $1,100 to GOP.
James Crowley: $19,100 to GOP.
Stanley Graff: $2,200 to John Edwards (2008 Presidential Run); $500 to GOP.
John Stewart: $10,500 to GOP.
John Fitzgerald and Family: $4,600 to John McCain (2008); $2,000 to Hillary Clinton (2008); nothing to Barack Obama.
William Churchill and Family: $3,500 to GOP.
Thomas Ganley: $9.450 to GOP.
Gary Miller: $20,000 to GOP.

Kevin and Gene Beltz: $18,500 to GOP.
Arthur Grayson: $14,000 to GOP.
Eric Grubbs and Family: $26,000 to GOP.
Michael Leep and Family: $19,500 to GOP; $4,800 to three Democrats including Sen. Evan Bayh.
Harry Green, Jr.: $10,000 to GOP.
Ronald Hoover: $5,250 to GOP.
Ray Huffines and Family: $18,500 to GOP.
John O. Stevenson: $1,500 to GOP.
James Marsh: $8,200 to GOP.
Max Pearson and Family: $112,000 to GOP.

I have thus far found only a single Obama donor (and a minor one at that: $200 from Jeffrey Hunter of Waco, Texas) on the closing list.

Chrysler claimed that its formula for determining whether a dealership should close or not included "sales volume, customer service scores, local market share and average household income in the immediate area."

In fact, there may have been other criteria involved: politics may have played a part. If this data can be validated, it would appear to be further proof that the Obama administration is willing to step over any line to advance its agenda.

It bodes poorly for America and the rule of law.

BadCat
05-26-2009, 10:40 PM
http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/05/red-alert-did-campaign-contributions.html

What a surprise....no, it's not.

SaintLouieWoman
05-26-2009, 10:49 PM
In fact, there may have been other criteria involved: politics may have played a part. If this data can be validated, it would appear to be further proof that the Obama administration is willing to step over any line to advance its agenda.

It bodes poorly for America and the rule of law

Obama shows no fairness. He's a bigger disaster than I ever imagined. He's stifling opposition and trying to rule through terror. Very frightening stuff.

Gingersnap
05-26-2009, 10:55 PM
The most successful dealership out here got hit. :confused:

BadCat
05-26-2009, 11:01 PM
The most successful dearship out here got hit. :confused:

How much does a Chrysler Dear go for these days?

Rockntractor
05-26-2009, 11:04 PM
Linda numbers leaves and it all goes straight to hell!

Gingersnap
05-26-2009, 11:10 PM
How much does a Chrysler Dear go for these days?

Apparently, a net loss since the dealerships don't cost the parent company a dime.

Rockntractor
05-26-2009, 11:10 PM
Oh deer!
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/dear.jpg?t=1243393753

AHeneen
05-27-2009, 12:22 AM
The first man on the list is also a Republican Congressman from FL. See the Wikipedia article for Vern Buchannan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vern_Buchanan.

RobJohnson
05-27-2009, 12:58 AM
I know a name on that list, I hope his dealership didn't get the axe. :(

FlaGator
05-27-2009, 06:54 AM
For some reason this doesn't surprise me in the least. The sin of rejecting Obama and change is being dealt with using dealership execution regardless of profitability.

noonwitch
05-27-2009, 03:12 PM
How many owners of Chrysler dealerships supported Obama to begin with?

Odysseus
05-27-2009, 07:20 PM
How many owners of Chrysler dealerships supported Obama to begin with?

That's a good question. What somebody needs to do is some cross-referencing. First, there has to be a consolidated list of Chrysler dealerships in the US, broken down into two categories: Closing and not closing. Then, these dealerships have to be entered into the campaign contributions database to determine who each of them supported, and also where they are geographically. That's relatively easy with publicly accessible web sites. The difficult part would be corelating them to their sales figures, since that data is proprietary and may not be available to the public, which is unfortunate. With that data, it would be possible to establish whether there was a pattern of dealerships in close proximity to each other, with some closing and some not, and the ones being closed having higher sales volume and revenues, but having supported the GOP. Without that, it's still possible to compare the percentage of closing dealers who supported Obama and other Democratic candidates and those who supported Republicans, vs the number of dealers who are not closing and their affiliations. The sales comparison and geographic breakdowns would the the critical information, however, to make this into a slam dunk, if it could be shown that profitable dealerships were being closed because of their politics and unprofitable ones were being given their territories.

samurai
05-27-2009, 07:57 PM
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2009/05/anger-growing-about-politically.html

More info in the link above... it also seems that on the list of dealerships to remain open are at least a couple of big Democrat contributors, but all of their local competition is being shut down and they will be given the chance to buy them up for cheap.

Odysseus
05-27-2009, 09:23 PM
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2009/05/anger-growing-about-politically.html

More info in the link above... it also seems that on the list of dealerships to remain open are at least a couple of big Democrat contributors, but all of their local competition is being shut down and they will be given the chance to buy them up for cheap.

Wow. This is astonishlingly blatant corruption. The high points are in boldface:


Anger Growing About Politically Targeted Chrysler Dealer Closing

There are two published lists of Chrysler dealerships. One includes the 789 dealers which will be closed by June 9. Those dealers who will be able to retain their franchises and acquire the assets of closing dealers in their areas are on the other. Both are in .PDF format.

An attorney for closed dealers deposed Chrysler president Jim Press and said that his impression is that the decisions on which Dealers will stay and which will go really wasn’t Chrysler’s, as the company is under considerable pressure from President Obama’s automotive task force.
Many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors. Some are sitting congressmen.
Among the dealers which were selected to remain in business are a number of outlets owned and operated by a partnership which includes among the partners former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty and Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Both have strong Democrat ties. McLarty campaigned for Obama, and Johnson has contributed heavily to Democrats, including Obama.
The latest finding from the closure list is that there appears to be “an extremely high correlation between dealers closing and congressional districts BHO lost”:
Now it seems that anger about this abuse of Presidential power is starting to build, maybe the mainstream media will even pick it up:
Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings
By: Mark Tapscott
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.

Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan learned from a House colleague that his Venice, Florida, dealership is on the hit list. Buchanan also has a Nissan franchise paired with the Chrysler facility in Venice.

"It's an outrage. It's not about me. I'm going to be fine," said Buchanan, the dealership's majority owner. "You're talking over 100,000 jobs. We're supposed to be in the business of creating jobs, not killing jobs," Buchanan told News 10, a local Florida television station.

Buchanan, who succeeded former Rep. Katharine Harris in 2006, reportedly learned of his dealership's termination from Rep.Candace Miller, R-MI. Buchanan owns a total of 23 dealerships in Florida and North Carolina.

Also fueling the controversy is the fact the RLJ-McCarty-Landers chain of Arkansas and Missouri dealerships aren't being closed, but many of their local competitors are being eliminated. Go here for a detailed look at this situation. McClarty is the former Clinton senior aide. The "J" is Robert Johnson, founder of the Black Entertainment Television, a heavy Democratic contributor.

A lawyer representing a group of Chrysler dealers who are on the hit list deposed senior Chrysler executives and later told Reuters that he believes the closings have been forced on the company by the White House.

"It became clear to us that Chrysler does not see the wisdom of terminating 25 percent of its dealers. It really wasn't Chrysler's decision. They are under enormous pressure from the President's automotive task force," said attorney Leonard Bellavia.

RedState.com's Josh Painter has a useful roundup of what has been found so far by a growing number of bloggers digging into what could be a very big story indeed. Also, see my column on this issue and how it fits into the larger context dubbed by the Examiner's Michael Barone as "gangster government."

As part of Chrysler's bankruptcy agreement with the White House, the company plans to close roughly a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships. Lists of the dealerships being cut and those retaining their Chrysler franchises can be found here in pdf format. Many dealers contend the criteria being used to determine which dealerships survive is not clear and that many of those that are being closed in fact are profitable businesses, despite the current recession.

As corruption goes, this is the kind of thing that was confined to Chicago, New York under Boss Tweed or Louisiana under Huey Long, but we've never seen anything this blatant on a national scale before. To find a similar precedent, you have to look at Mugabe's mass confiscation of farms that he turned over to his cronies, or the redistribution of Jewish property under the Nazis. This is crony-fascism, and we're not even through the first six months of the Obama administration.

samurai
05-27-2009, 09:47 PM
Wow. This is astonishlingly blatant corruption. The high points are in boldface:



As corruption goes, this is the kind of thing that was confined to Chicago, New York under Boss Tweed or Louisiana under Huey Long, but we've never seen anything this blatant on a national scale before. To find a similar precedent, you have to look at Mugabe's mass confiscation of farms that he turned over to his cronies, or the redistribution of Jewish property under the Nazis. This is crony-fascism, and we're not even through the first six months of the Obama administration.

Coming from the Chicago Democrat machine and all the corruption around him there, I knew we'd see this with Obama, but not this soon or blatant... I thought he was smarter than this.

SaintLouieWoman
05-27-2009, 09:55 PM
Coming from the Chicago Democrat machine and all the corruption around him there, I knew we'd see this with Obama, but not this soon or blatant... I thought he was smarter than this.

He's an empty suit, controlled by his puppet masters. He learned his pay or play lessons well in Chicago. He'll rule by fear; people will be afraid to stand up to him.

megimoo
05-27-2009, 09:59 PM
Obama shows no fairness. He's a bigger disaster than I ever imagined. He's stifling opposition and trying to rule through terror. Very frightening stuff.

His advisors are all hard core Maoist/Progressives who conference call every morning to keep on agenda while following Soros's orders .Not a Peep of interest from the Murdock owned press and no reporters allowed or even interested .It Looks like Bill Gates is the one heading up the new world order for America .
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"A group of the world's richest people met earlier this month in New York City in secret, apparently to discuss their philanthropic efforts in the midst of the severe recession, ABCNews.com reported.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who occupy the top two spots on Forbes' list of the world's richest, are said to have invited the others to the meeting. Attendees included Mayor Bloomberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, George Soros and David Rockefeller."
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"Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, donated $3.7 billion from 2002 to 2006 and $10 billion from 2007 to 2008, ABCNews.com reported.

Buffett, who runs Berkshire Hathaway, has pledged $31 billion, the bulk of his fortune, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Now I wonder why would Buffet do that ,hm?"

But no mention of the Foreign members .Interesting .
The New rulers of America with Obama as an excuse !

Teetop
05-27-2009, 11:10 PM
My prediction; Obama will be ran out of office before Feb. 2010. The U.S. economy cannot withstand a $4,000,000,000,000 budget a year, for the next four years.

Teetop
05-27-2009, 11:11 PM
He's an empty suit, controlled by his puppet masters. He learned his pay or play lessons well in Chicago. He'll rule by fear; people will be afraid to stand up to him.

Sad, but true.....