Payback Time: Review Finds Closing Chrysler Dealerships Were Republican Donors

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Doug Ross @ Journal took a look at all of the owners whose names appeared more than once in the Chrysler dealer closing 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.

Ross says the evidence points to a highly partisan decision-making process. Check out his blog for specifics.

Is anyone surprised? It’s the Chicago way.

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UPDATE:

One dealership being closed in Florida is owned by a Republican congressman:

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., a businessman who has owned car dealerships since 1992, learned Thursday that his Venice, Fla., Dodge dealership was among those scheduled to be terminated. “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.”

Just sayin’.

UPDATE II:

Via Gateway Pundit, This dealer says there was no rhyme or reason to the closings that he can see…. His dealership was making a good profit, which contradicts the argument that only the dealerships in the bottom 25% were supposed to close:

UPDATE III:

Hot Air on the story now, with an update from Reliapundit:

BOMBSHELL: DEALER’S LAWYER WHO DEPOSED CHRYSLER EXEC: DECISION TO CLOSE DEALERS WAS BY PRESIDENT’S TASK FORCE, NOT BY CHRYSLER

REUTERS:

A lawyer for Chrysler dealers facing closure as part of the automaker’s bankruptcy reorganization said on Tuesday he believes Chrysler executives do not support a plan to eliminate a quarter of its retail outlets.

Lawyer Leonard Bellavia, of Bellavia Gentile & Associates, who represents some of the terminated dealers, said he deposed Chrysler President Jim Press on Tuesday and came away with the impression that Press did not support the plan.

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


You see now how this process could become politicized?

When it comes to the Obama administration…it’s always the worst case scenario.

UPDATE IV:

Michelle Malkin cautions bloggers to be careful in reporting this story:

Here are two examples from my own cursory review of the Republican donors listed by other bloggers:

Florida GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan is on the list. What no one has mentioned, though, is that he has a record of financial shadiness and his dealerships have been embroiled in fraud lawsuits.

Then there’s Illinois/Missouri car dealer James Auffenberg, Jr., who was recently acquitted by a Virgin Islands jury in a massive tax and wire fraud case — but still may face civil action to collect millions in alleged unpaid taxes.

It’s unpopular to say, but there are probably many dealerships on the list that deserve to be closed down.

Duly noted.

“Keep digging”, she advises.

A new website has been set up for just that purpose (thanks, for pointing me to it, Max Power):

Chrysler Dealership Campaign Donation Information

UPDATE V:

Michelle Malkin takes a look at some of the protected dealerships as seen at Chrysler Dealership Campaign Donation Information.

Also check out all the recent updates at Doug Ross @ Journal…

…stay tuned.

UPDATE VI:

Gateway Pundit is  aggressively pursuing this story.

Other bloggers are tip toeing…

UPDATE VII:

The obligatory photoshop:

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A Nice Deb original.

UPDATE VIII:

Dealergate: Additional Research Shows Definite Closing Bias

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Happy Memorial Day

I hope it’s not raining where you are.

The Nice Deb family picnic – canceled due to rain.

For a good Memorial Day link round-up see Rick Moran at The American thinker, who also looks in vain for some Memorial Day posts on lefty blogs and comes up with bupkis. But do. not. question their patriotism.

Captain Ed has a memorial you may not have already seen.

Here’s a nice tribute: The True Meaning of Memorial Day:

For all of these brave men and women. Via Jungle Hut, here’s a list of All of them:

CONFLICT SPAN TOTALS
War of Independence (1775-1783) 25,000
Quasi-War (1798-1800) 20
Barbary Wars (1801-1815) 35
War of 1812 (1812-1815) 20,000
1st Seminole War (1817-1818) 30
2nd Seminole War (1835-1842) 1,500
Mexican-American War (1846-1848) 13,283
3rd Seminole War (1855-1858) 26
Civil War (1861-1865) 623,026
Indian Wars (1865-1898) 919
Spanish-American War (1898) 2,446
Phillipine War (1898-1902) 4,196
Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) 37
Mexican Revolution (1914-1919) 35
Haiti Occupation (1915-1934) 146
World War 1 (1917-1918) 116,708
World War 2 (1941-1945) 407,316
Korean War (1950-1953) 36,914
Vietnam War (1964-1973) 58,169
El Salvador (1980-1992) 20
Beirut (1982-1984) 266
Persian Gulf Support (1987-1988) 39
Invasion of Grenada (1983) 19
Invasion of Panama (1989) 40
Gulf War (1991) 269
Somalia (1992-1993) 43
Bosnia 1995 12
Afghanistan (2002-2009) 686+
Iraqi (2003-2009) 4,299+

Partial Source: U.S. Army Military History Institute; iCasualties.org

Heads Up Fellow Banana Republicans

PJ O’Rourke has a message for us about living in a banana republic – where “the new government gets in office, and the old government goes to jail”).

Torture is an evil thing. There are, however, many tortured people in the world outside Guantánamo Bay. (Some are right outside, in Cuba.) These people are innocent of any wrongdoing or suspicion of wrongdoing or knowledge of wrong-doers or even of capacity to do wrong. Infants, the aged, the infirm are tormented, racked, and scourged from Sri Lanka to Belarus, from Harare to Port-au-Prince. Thanks to perversion of political power and idiocy of collectivist thinking a full billion of the world’s people are living on less than $1 a day. Plaintively asking if there’s any food is an enhanced interrogative indeed. Mistreatment of al Qaeda members and their friends and hangers-on is something I number among my moral concerns. But it’s number 1,000,000,001.

The Democrats aren’t raising the torture issue because they want to make the United States into a better place. They’re raising the torture issue because they want to make the United States into Venezuela del Norte. The leaders of the Democratic party yearn to be like Hugo Chávez or Manuel Noriega, and, frankly, they’ve got the looks for it.

I don’t mind America becoming a Third World country. The weather is better in the Third World than it is where I live in New Hampshire. And household help will be much cheaper. Does Carl Levin do windows? At my hacienda he won’t have much choice. The troubled economy will soon be a thing of the past. Once we’ve got Third World-style full-blown business and government corruption, there won’t be an economy. There will be, however, plenty of money after Beijing hauls away all our coal, oil, uranium, bourbon, and other natural resources that China lacks. Best of all, the GOP has a serious incentive to rebuild itself as a party and score some victories at the ballot box. Nothing motivates like “Win or Die.”

And we will win. The Republicans will be back like Danny Ortega is back in Nicaragua–because this is the Third World. When we return to power I’m sure you Democrats will understand our having a little fun of the enhanced interrogation kind with some midlevel members of the Obama administration. (The ex-president himself and Michelle and the kids will be pleasantly ensconced in Cap d’Antibes, as befits a Third World former head of state).

Ooh…I like that… Turn the tables on them!

But I suspect that PJ is joshing with us.

The Washington Post is not, when it reports on the latest trampling of rights by Chavez in Venezuela, while the Obama administration looks on in silent consent:

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WHILE THE United States and Venezuela’s neighbors silently stand by, Hugo Chávez’s campaign to destroy his remaining domestic opposition continues. On Thursday night state intelligence police raided the Caracas offices of Guillermo Zuloaga, the president of the country’s last independent broadcast network, Globovision. They claimed to be looking for evidence of irregularities in the car dealership that Mr. Zuloaga also runs. In fact this was a thinly disguised escalation of an attack that Mr. Chávez launched this month against Globovision.

The Post recaps Chavez’s antics thus far, this year:

In February Mr. Chávez eliminated the limit on his tenure as president after a one-sided referendum campaign that included ugly attacks on Venezuela’s Jewish community. Since then he has imprisoned or orchestrated investigations against most of the country’s leading opposition figures, including three of the five opposition governors elected last year. The elected mayor of Maracaibo, who was the leading opposition candidate when Mr. Chávez last ran for president, was granted asylum in Peru last month after authorities sought his arrest on dubious tax charges. The National Assembly, controlled by Mr. Chávez, is considering legislation that would eliminate collective bargaining and replace independent trade unions with “worker’s councils” controlled by the ruling party. Another new law would eliminate foreign financing for independent non-government groups.

So what is the Obama administration’s response to  the “systematic destruction of a Latin American democracy”?

“We need to find a space in which we can actually have a conversation, and we need to find ways to enhance our levels of confidence,” Assistant Secretary of State Thomas A. Shannon Jr. said two weeks ago, echoing earlier remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. We have no objection to dialogue with Mr. Chávez. But isn’t it time to start talking about preserving independent television stations, opposition political leaders, trade unions and human rights groups — before it is too late?

How do we know that Obama even disapproves?

Hat tip: Fausta on the Chavez story.