Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Were Republican-owned GM dealerships targeted for closure in 2010? (Video)
examiner ^

Posted on 05/17/2013 6:04:41 PM PDT by Perdogg

Two members of Congress are asking if the Treasury Department disproportionately targeted more Republican or conservative owned auto dealerships during the government-lead restructuring of General Motors in 2009. Breitbart.com reported today that Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) released a letter asking Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to release documents regarding the process and methodology that determined which GM dealerships were closed.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Michigan; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2009; 201305; abuseofpower; autodealerships; bailouts; bho44; cardealerships; dealerships; discrimination; donors; generalmotors; impeachnow; irs; michigan; ohio; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; pennsylvania; politicalpersecution

1 posted on 05/17/2013 6:04:41 PM PDT by Perdogg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Ask Gretchen Carlson on Fox and Friends.


2 posted on 05/17/2013 6:05:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I know Chrysler dealerships owned by conservatives were targeted. Don’t know about GM. Did they even close any GM shops?


3 posted on 05/17/2013 6:08:37 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I remember hearing this... I’m glad they are finally investigating!


4 posted on 05/17/2013 6:13:34 PM PDT by Momto2 (I am praying for Israel...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Yeah, they did.
5 posted on 05/17/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I think this is called a “DUH.”


6 posted on 05/17/2013 6:15:05 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Yes they were and a lot of the ones that were closed were profitable while the democrat ones that were allowed to stay open were not.


7 posted on 05/17/2013 6:20:25 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

When TRYING TO SELL CARS Why would you close successful dealerships?

AND... why only REPUBLICAN-OWNED dealers?


8 posted on 05/17/2013 6:23:02 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Absolutely they targeted GM shops. I remember an owner of a profitable GM dealership who interestingly was also involved in conservative causes being interviewed on the news wondering why his dealership was being closed because they moved good volume. I remember thinking how outrageous it was. There was a thread on here about this specific guy and dealership speculating that he was targeted for his political beliefs.

That whole decision stank and made little sense to me then or now. In light of the latest revelations it makes one wonder what criteria was used by the government to close private businesses.


9 posted on 05/17/2013 6:25:42 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

Why?


10 posted on 05/17/2013 6:26:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
That would be a violation of about 50 Federal laws.So under this,The Most Transparent Administration In History (trademark,Rat Party Headquarters),we know it didn’t happen.
11 posted on 05/17/2013 6:27:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

Forget my question.

Saw the article about Gretch’es Family.


12 posted on 05/17/2013 6:28:20 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: volunbeer

Simple GM was told to use the Stimulas in a certain way, and it was!


13 posted on 05/17/2013 6:29:34 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Isn’t that something else? I remember when this occurred. Gretchen seemed to think it had something to do with her working for FOX.


14 posted on 05/17/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Immel Motors in Fredericksburg, TX used to carry all three; Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. Because of politices, Immel lost the Chevy and Dodge franchise. BTW, Gillespie County, TX is solid red (as in conservative, not commie. Commie should be red).


15 posted on 05/17/2013 6:41:38 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I know a Chrysler dealership owned by a Black guy that got closed despite being profitable, you can guess his his political affiliation..


16 posted on 05/17/2013 6:48:08 PM PDT by machman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

It’s truly remarkable that it has taken these people nearly three years to catch up to this travesty. Where in the heck have they been?


17 posted on 05/17/2013 7:05:47 PM PDT by MNGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
The letter requests, “We formally request that the Treasury Department provide all e-mails, phone records, notes, memoranda, reports, and other communications regarding the decision-making process for dealership closures from the Automotive Task Force headed by Car Czars Steve Rattner and Ron Bloom."

If I am not mistaken, Rattner resigned from his Car Czar post unexpectedly and in a bit of a huff.

Sometime later, he voiced complaints that the "dealer selection process" had been "tainted by politics".

Sounds like a job for another Committee...

18 posted on 05/17/2013 7:08:46 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

My Brother in law, a Republican had to close his dealership , it had been there since 1923. His father and Brother started it.


19 posted on 05/17/2013 7:09:08 PM PDT by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: okie01

I’m sure this administration will do an investigation to get to the bottom of this/s


20 posted on 05/17/2013 7:15:20 PM PDT by Catsrus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Does a bear take an Obama in the woods?


21 posted on 05/17/2013 7:16:11 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
my local GM dealer told me point blank the reason he lost his dealership was because "I was of the wrong political persuasion."
22 posted on 05/17/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
Were Republican-owned GM dealerships targeted for closure in 2010? (Video)



The headline must be a rhetorical question.
23 posted on 05/17/2013 7:18:17 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNGal
It’s truly remarkable that it has taken these people nearly three years to catch up to this travesty. Where in the heck have they been?

I would bet money that Speaker John Boehner told Kelly and Renacci to "cool it", "nothing can be done", "we don't want to make waves", etc.

24 posted on 05/17/2013 7:23:15 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K
When TRYING TO SELL CARS Why would you close successful dealerships? AND... why only REPUBLICAN-OWNED dealers?

Simple! That's the Chicago way of governing! Nothing new here...

25 posted on 05/17/2013 7:30:55 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]


Free Republic stands for God and Country!!
Stand with Free Republic.
Please Donate today!

26 posted on 05/17/2013 7:31:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

What’s the difference between organized crime and the thugs in the Obama Administration?


27 posted on 05/17/2013 7:53:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

My exact same thought when I saw the title.


28 posted on 05/17/2013 8:01:36 PM PDT by ru4liberty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ

Nothing


29 posted on 05/17/2013 8:03:08 PM PDT by funfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ
What’s the difference between organized crime and the thugs in the Obama Administration?

Organized crime is at least organized.

One big Cadillac dealer, with over 50 dealerships nationwide, is also a big RAT supporter, especially at those $10K/head meetings 0bama likes to have with the "little people". He got the chance to pick up a few more profitable dealerships from guys with the wrong color of political interests who didn't need them any more.

30 posted on 05/17/2013 8:11:42 PM PDT by 300winmag (Whatever CAN go wrong has already happened. We just don't know about it yet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: 300winmag
One big Cadillac dealer, with over 50 dealerships nationwide, is also a big RAT supporter, especially at those $10K/head meetings 0bama likes to have with the "little people". He got the chance to pick up a few more profitable dealerships from guys with the wrong color of political interests who didn't need them any more.

Maybe that scummy show '60 Minutes' could run a story about this after they do a 'Dan Rather' for corrupt democrats.

31 posted on 05/17/2013 8:24:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Definate yes! I’m in the industry & have heard the stories..one dealer in particular had a very sad ending..can’t say for certain but rumor is he couldn’t handle loss of his dealership. They were family owned over 50 years..


32 posted on 05/17/2013 8:43:58 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

Naww ..

Outright jealousy... Ugly people envy happy and beautiful people..


33 posted on 05/17/2013 8:45:58 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I don’t know, but GM bondholders were targeted for rape,,,,


34 posted on 05/17/2013 8:50:29 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

We already knew this, and as usual, nothing happened.


35 posted on 05/17/2013 9:31:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

Yes, absolutely. No questions asked.


36 posted on 05/17/2013 10:58:46 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Perdogg.


37 posted on 05/18/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: stockpirate
Yes they were and a lot of the ones that were closed were profitable while the democrat ones that were allowed to stay open were not.

In context, it makes sense why elite liberals defend criminals and radical Muslims. It's not because they see them as victims - it's because they're blood brothers with them in crime.

The worst thing we could do to democrats is threaten them with the prospect that when we get back in power that we'll act like they've acted. And maybe we should...

38 posted on 05/18/2013 6:30:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ
What’s the difference between organized crime and the thugs in the Obama Administration?

Obama's thugs don't go to jail.

39 posted on 05/19/2013 6:23:52 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ
Organized crime (the Mafia) doesn't pretend to be philanthropic.
40 posted on 05/19/2013 6:28:21 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
Maybe someone should revisit the Blagojevich investigation, too. We know too much in hindsight to continue giving the benefit of doubt from the earliest days.

-PJ

41 posted on 05/19/2013 6:31:56 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: liberalh8ter

Sure they do. That was one of Gotti’s, big things. And the bunch. You must be a white guy.


42 posted on 05/19/2013 6:32:24 AM PDT by RedHeeler
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K
Because the stranded customers have nowhere else to go. They couldn't establish a market share on their own, so they stole it from the successful dealerships.

-PJ

43 posted on 05/19/2013 6:35:07 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RedHeeler
Actually, I'm a white Italian girl. The mafia shows up at your business and tells you to pay them protection money or bad things will happen. The relationship is clear. You pay or your legs will be broken, your business will burn or your family will experience a series of mishaps.

I was living in the Northeast at the time of Gotti's reign. Gotti's philanthropy was pure PR. No one was unaware of what he was or what his capabilities were, even as they enjoyed his 4th of July block parties.

44 posted on 05/19/2013 6:40:41 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
I know Chrysler dealerships owned by conservatives were targeted.

Back when this happened, there was an effort to look into whether or not politics played into choosing which dealerships were/were not closed. Anyone with access to FEC reports (available online) could've gone and done the research, and still can.

In Orland Park IL, 159th St. is "Car Alley." Every manufacturer is represented in a approximately 1.5 mile stretch of road.

In one particular case, there was a large Dodge dealership, and a large Chrysler/Jeep dealership. Two different dealerships.

The Chrysler/Jeep dealership was targeted for closing. The owner of the Chrysler/Jeep dealership on 159th St. in Orland Park IL also had a Chrysler/Jeep dealership on 95th St. in Oak Lawn, IL - several towns away, and two other Chrysler/Jeep Dealerships located elsewhere in IL. All four of the owner's Chrysler/Jeep dealerships were profitable.

The Dodge Dealership located about .5 miles down the road was also a very large dealership, the owner of that location also had several other Dodge dealerships - all profitable.

The Chrysler Dealer on 159th St. in Orland Park was "selected" for closure/elimination.

Why?

Because the owner was a financial contributor to Republican candidates, whereas the Dodge Dealership's owner just down the street was a contributor to Democrat candidates. This information was easily found in FEC reports available online.

Now within the last few years, the Dodge Dealership on 159th St. in Orland Park IL changed owners - coincidentally (?) to another Dodge owner who contributes heavily to Democrat candidates. Since taking over the dealership, it's become a Dodge/Jeep dealership. The "new" owner also has several other dealerships (Dodge/Jeep) within minutes of this location.

Is it a coincidence that the Dealership owned by a Republican candidate contributor was closed, whereas Democrat owned dealerships were left alone? I don't think so, but this is only one case that I investigated using available on-line information.

I suspect there are plenty more cases out there that will fit this same pattern, and that pattern will show once again that the Obama Administration rewards its friends, and punishes its enemies.

45 posted on 05/19/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: liberalh8ter

Well then, you know. All pr is bs. It’s called emotional cueing. The same reason all these social sites, are off the charts. The lead-on is perfect.


46 posted on 05/19/2013 6:58:43 AM PDT by RedHeeler
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson