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May 28, 2009


Chelsea Schillin, Worldnet Daily - As part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Chrysler is terminating one-fourth of its franchises – but some say its catalog of doomed dealerships looks more like a hit list that specifically seeks to put Republican donors out of business. . .

WND reviewed the list of 789 closing franchises and databases of political donors and found that of dealership majority owners making contributions in the November 2008 election, less than 10 percent gifted to Democrats while 90 percent gave substantial sums to Republican candidates.

The listed franchise owners contributed at least $450,000 to Republican presidential candidates and the GOP, while only $7,970 was donated to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign and $2,200 was given to Sen. John Edwards' campaign.

Obama received a combined total of only $450 in donations – $250 from dealer Jane Baldock in Wenatchee, Wash., and $200 from Waco, Texas, dealer Jeffrey Hunter. . .

With 2,392 Chrysler dealerships remaining, some bloggers claim to have already begun the exhaustive process of checking each majority owner to determine whether Chrysler has been more merciful toward those who donate to Democrats while simultaneously giving walking papers to Republican contributors.

Chrysler has not responded to WND's requests for comment. The company claims it evaluated the dealerships based on raw sales volume, location, market, history of experience and market share. According to the company's bankruptcy court filing, the 789 dealerships listed for closure "lack the operational, market, facility and linemaker characteristics necessary to best contribute to the ongoing dealer network under current or future ownership."

Dealer Jim Anderer told Fox News' Neil Cavuto he doesn't understand why Chrysler is shutting down his Long Island dealership because he claims his dealership is quite profitable – with sales volume ranking in the top 2 percent.

Asked why he believes the company targeted him, Anderer said, "They won't tell us. They seem to be running for cover right now because they won't give us a solid explanation. They come up with all these reasons, but none of them seem to make sense."

He continued, "This is insanity. The government is stealing my business. And they're telling me there's nothing I can do about it."


Blogger nash said...

Oh, Sam. Sure, "some say" that Republican dealerships are being specially targeted, but others point out that there's been no actual comparison between (a) the dealerships that are being closed and (b) the dealerships that aren't being closed to see if there's a pattern. And those others have, you know, facts and logic on their side.

Guess what? Most car dealers, it turns out, donate heavily to Republicans, so it's not surprising that a list of closures would show, hey presto, a lot of people who've donated to Republicans. So far, this looks like just another poorly supported nonsense narrative cooked up for consumption on the right.

May 28, 2009 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What he said ! ( nash ) And considering that Obama's people are right there in the mix when it comes to axing car dealers.... what's to say they're not OVER-pulling the plug on Democrat dealers, shoving liberal Democrats disproportionately overboard to show that the "O" team is willing to "think outside the box". Y'know , how many car dealers with "Get out of Afghanistan! , Stop the War Now! " signs in their showroom windows are we gonna' see come next week ?

- John A. Joslin ( IBEW local # 58 , Detroit electrician )

May 28, 2009 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Chiiiickennnn Maaaannnnnn! said...

Tyson Settlement Calls for Chicken Donation
By The Associated Press
5/28/2009 12:01:01 PM

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Up to 1.7 million pounds of Tyson chicken could be headed to Illinois food banks, courtesy of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

A Madison County judge on Wednesday signed off on the deal involving donations from Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods, the world’s biggest meat producer.

The lawsuit accused Tyson of artificially inflating the weight of poultry products sold between 1997 and 2003 through a chilling process that caused the birds to absorb and retain water under their skin and muscle.

Tyson denies any wrongdoing and says it settled the 7-year-old lawsuit to avoid further legal costs.

The chicken will be distributed by Feeding Illinois, a coalition of eight food banks that provides food throughout the state.

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May 28, 2009 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when the Clinton's claimed they were going to be the most ethical Administration in history. The dream lives again!

May 29, 2009 1:56 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

I'm glad to see that others spotted the total lack of logical thinking in that rightwing claim. Not that rabid rightwingers are the only ones who can't think logically - places like DU are full of nominal "liberals" and "progressives" who can't think straight.

Apropos the dealership thing, I tend to like the explanation that says Detroit is trying to reduce the number of dealers so that they need not compete for our dollars - the survivors will be able to say "take it or leave it", or even charge a premium, the way dealers did with high-mileage cars during the '70s "OPEC crisis". I'm not sure how well that strategy will work in the face of Toyota and Honda, but nobody ever said Detroit management had good sense.

May 29, 2009 5:28 AM  
Anonymous m said...

Not that I have any love for Bush44, but there does not seem to be any kind of basis for the claims.

May 29, 2009 11:18 AM  

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