Republican Donors Hit by Chrysler Closings
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:04 PM
Even GOP Congressman Loses Chrysler Dealership ...Plus Peoria GOP Supporter Losing "5 Star" Business
** Earlier it was reported that the Obama Administration may have targeted GOP donors in deciding which Chrysler dealerships would have to close their doors.
** Last night it was discovered that a Big Dem Donor Group was allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open.... And, their local competitors wereeliminated by Obama's task force.
** The closings also tend to be in "Red" Counties where Obama lost.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) lost his Chrysler dealership in Florida.
Rep. Buchanan found out about it from a fellow colleague.
Again... It was Obama's task force who made the decision about which dealerships would close and which would stay open.
News 10 reported:
Even a member of Congress is on Chrysler's dealership hit list.Then there are the Uftring dealerships in Peoria, Illinois...
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."
Buchanan owns five dealership locations in Florida and North Carolina. He once owned 23 car franchises and sold off about 60 percent of his car dealerships before entering Congress. His Dodge dealership in Venice also includes a Nissan store.
"This doesn't do anything but hurt Chrysler. This doesn't help Chrysler. And they're going to be hurting a lot of working families," said Buchanan, who was first elected to Congress in 2006 to a seat previously held by Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla.
While many dealers learned the news through United Parcel Service letters, Buchanan found out from a House colleague.
Car dealer Gary Uftring speaks during a press conference in front Uftring Chrysler in Peoria Sunday morning. The Uftring Chrysler dealership is one of the thousands of dealerships being forced to close by bankruptcy proceedings against the ailing automaker. Congressman Aaron Schock, left, has joined with several of his colleagues to officially question the forced closures that will be affecting local economies across the nation. (PJStar)
Rep. Aaron Schock's supporter Gary Uftring from Peoria, Illinois is losing two of his franchises even though they are "5 Star Dealerships" that make money.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock blasted Chrysler's decision to shutter nearly 800 dealerships across the country, including two here that he and others say are making money and not costing the automaker a dime.More... George W.Bush attended Aaron's fundraiser. Local libs threw a fit about the cost for security. Aaron left his campaign to return to Peoria to announce he'd pay for it, other costs were covered through the fundraiser.
Joined by Gary Uftring, owner of Uftring Auto Mall, Schock stressed that there should be greater accountability of the governmental task force tapped by the Obama administration to review the overhaul of the domestic auto industry.
"This happened not because they failed, not because of market pressure, but because of a third party, the government, which intervened," the congressman said, saying the government shouldn't be in the business of dictating business decisions to an entire industry.
To him, the decision to close shop makes no sense. He claims he met all sales expectations and never cost Chrysler money. Rather, he said, he was a "Five Star" dealership, the highest rating Chrysler gives, and one of the better-selling dealerships.
Terry Allen, whose Chrysler dealership in Mason City will be eliminated, said his business was the top sales tax generator in the area. He, like Uftring, said he met or exceeded all expectations from the car maker but in the end, has about three weeks left as a dealer.
** Last night it was discovered that a Big Dem Donor Group was allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open.... And, their local competitors wereeliminated by Obama's task force!!
2008 Red and Blue Counties (Flickr)
Now here is the latest on the Chrysler closings-- I was sent this earlier today:
I have obtained two pdf files from the bankruptcy court.And, Reboot Congress is asking for some assistance:
One is the list of dealers to close and the other is the list to stay open.
I am in the process right now of editing the data into comma delimited format for import to Excell and am about 2/3rd of the way through the closure listing.
I haven't done any donation cross references yet and that will come.
This has to be done manually ,which is very time consuming due to formatting issues with the data.
But, so far in the shutdown list there is an extremely high correlation between dealers closing and congressional districts BHO lost.
Texas is getting killed and Blue States are sliding by. Florida is also taking major hits and nearly all are in Republican Congressional Districts.
Little West Virginia is getting hammered.
I will know much better when I start doing all the cross reference work after I finally get the data into Excel, but that is going to take time since the data has to be formatted up manually and there are over 2000 dealers involved between the two lists.
So far what I see smells big time.
I’ve created a list of the cut dealers that *simplifies* the process of gathering donation information from OpenSecrets. It’s a partial solution that needs lots of help from folks on the web. It’s a crowd sourced project.
Shock! Big Dem Donor Group Allowed to Keep Their 6 Chrysler Dealerships Open ...Update: Their Local Competitors Eliminated!!
Big Dem Donor Group allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open.... Local competitors eliminated by Obama's task force!!
Earlier it was reported that the Obama Administration may have targeted GOP donors in deciding which Chrysler dealerships would have to close their doors.
Now there's this...
RLJ-McLarty-Landers is owned by three men.
One was the former Chief of Staff for President Clinton.
One is the founder of Black Entertainment Television and a huge Obama supporter.
All 6 of their Chrysler dealerships will remain open.
And, get this... Their local competitors have been eliminated!
Joey Smith reported tonight that a Democratic donor group in the Midwest and South will not have to close any of their Chrysler dealerships:
The company is called RLJ-McLarty-Landers, and it operates six Chrysler dealerships throughout the South. All six dealerships are safe from closing. The dealer locations are:More... The decision to close the dealerships was made by Obama officials and not Chrysler.
Bentonville, AR (northwest Arkansas)
Lee's Summit, MO (south of Kansas City, MO)
Olathe, KS (near Kansas City)
Bossier City, LA (near Shreveport)
The interesting part is who the three main owners of the company are. The owners are Steve Landers (long-time car dealer, 4th-generation dealer), Thomas "Mack" McLarty (former Chief of Staff for President Clinton), and Robert Johnson (founder of Black Entertainment Television and co-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats). Landers has given money to Republicans in the past, but McLarty campaigned for Obama in 2008, and Johnson has given countless amounts of money to Democrats over the years.
Doug Ross first reported on this scandal and has several updates.
Hope, Change & Marxism: Did Obama Target GOP Donors In Chrysler Dealer Closings? (Video)
BOMBSHELL: DEALER'S LAWYER WHO DEPOSED CHRYSLER EXEC: DECISION TO CLOSE DEALERS WAS BY PRESIDENT'S TASK FORCE, NOT BY CHRYSLER
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.THE PRESIDENT'S TASK FORCE LED BY POLITICAL APPOINTEE AND MONEYBAGS RATNER.
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."
IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN IT MEANS THAT CLOSING THESE DEALERSHIPS WAS A POLITICAL DECISION, NOT A COMMERICAL ONE.
OF SO, THEN IT'S OUTRAGEOUS - AND EVERY BIT AS BAD AS MUGABE SEIZING FARMS IN ZIMBABWE OR CASTRO SEIZING BUSNESSES IN CUBA.
OR STALIN. OR KRISTALLNACHT.
Chrysler Dealership Campaign Donation Information
This story may have legs and definately bears watching.
If this is true -- and I have no reason to doubt it -- this is about as dirty and crummy as politics gets.
Neither Obama nor the Administration had any business forcing Chrysler to bankruptcy and certainly no damn place in the decision making of which, if any, dealerships should be closed.
And if they did so, all or in part, based on past donorship to their campaign, and has Chrysler seizing and shutting down privately owned businesses, many of which are thriving, with or without compensation, that they are in contravention with the Constitution and American Law and need to be (legally) removed from office immediately.
from Doug Ross at Director Blue:
Red State, American Thinker and Joey Smith 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 partisan. 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?
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. . .
. . . 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.
all of it here
Also note: Atlas and Gateway Pundit have video of an interview Neil Cavuto did with Jim Anderer, one of the dealerships closed. From Atlas:
Despite multiple letters, emails and phones calls, Anderer has been given no explanation as to why his dealership was targeted. On Neil Cavuto's show, Anderer said "They won't give us a solid explanation. They come up with all these reasons, but none of them seem to make sense" and "but I think there is a lot of favored dealers, there is some collusion."
h/t Atlas & Gateway Pundit
Here's the Cavuto video. The question we should be asking is not did Obama punish anti-Obama donors or favor pro-Obama donors but WHY THE HELL IS THE GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN THIS AT ALL?