Shock. Dem Dealers Support Chrysler Closing Plans


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Published on 5/28/2009 in the Riverside Press

The above ad appeared in several national newspapers this week including the The Wilmington News Journal on page A18, Thursday, May 28, 2009, and The Riverside Press.
The ad is in support of the Chrysler National Dealer Council.
Exit82 reported:

The ad is a full page and reads like a BS account of why the elimination of dealers was necessary, good for Chrysler, so sorry it had to happen to some of our friends, blah, blah, blah.

I believe this ad was part of a nationwide ad buy in many papers because it is written to a antional audience.

My BS meter pinged immediately.

The following people/dealers were listed at the bottom of the ad, supposedly supporting it. We should study the list to see the if they were retained and what party they donated to:

Mickey Anderson
Baxter Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Omaha, NE

Jim Arrigo
Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep
West Palm Beach, FL

Sid DeBoer
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Inc.(Bingo—a Lithia member)
Medford, OR

Chuck Eddy
Bob & Chuck Eddy C-D-J
Austintown, OH

Hayden Elder
Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Athens, TX

Charlie Foulke
Cherry Hill Dodge
Cherry Hill, NJ

Bill Golling
Golling Chrysler Jeep, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Carlos Hidalgo
Folsom Lake Dodge
Folsom, CA

Mike Lowry
Allen Samuels Dodge
North Richland Hills, TX

Bill McSkimming
River Front Chrysler Jeep
North Aurora, IL

Jon Myers
Naples Dodge and Chrysler
Naples, FL

Eric Nielsen
Franklin Sussex Auto Mall
Sussex, NJ

Andy Palmen
Palmen Motors, Inc.
Kenosha, WI

Gary Panteck
Brunswick Auto Mart, Inc.
Brunswick, OH

John Schenden
Pro Chrysler Jeep
Thornton, CO

Bill Shepherd
Greenbrier Chrysler Jeep
Chesapeake, VA

Joel Sporn
Westbury C-J
Westbury, NY

The ad also announced a website called ChryslerDealerSupport.

Smith6450 discovered this:

Here’s what I found on the dealers on the list:

1. Mickey Anderson is a GOP donor.
2. Carlos Hidalgo and McSkimming gave no money to candidates, but their local Dodge competitors will be closed down. They will each be the only chrysler dealers in their areas.
3. John Myers gave no money to candidates, but their local Jeep competitor will close. Myers will be the only local Chrysler dealer in the area.

Since 2007, the following dealers gave money to candidates:

1. Jim Arrigo gave $3,300 to Ron Klein (D)
2. Chuck Eddy gave $500 to John Boccieri (D)
3. Charles Foulke gave $6,900 to Robert Andrews (D) and $6,300 to various Democrats from 1994-2000
4. Andrew Palmer gave $750 to Russ Feingold (D) and $500 to Paul Ryan (R)
5. John Schenden gave $900 to Joan Fitz-Gerald (D)

So the democratic dealers who were left untouched and those dealers who lost local competitors support the Chrysler closings.
What a shock!

Here’s another look at the dealers from Open Secrets:

Mickey Anderson- $2,000 GOP candidates
Jim Arrigo- $3,300 Dem candidates
Sidney DeBoer- $18,900 Dem candidates
Chuck Eddy- $500 to Dem candidates
Hayden Elder- no record
Charlie Foulke- $13,000+ to Dem candidates (1993-2000)
Bill Golling- no record
Carlos Hidalgo- no record
Mike Lowrey- $8,050 GOP, $250 Ron Paul
Bill McSkimming- no record
Jon Myers- $850 Dem candidates
Eric Nielsen- $5,600 GOP candidates
Andrew Palmen- $750 Dem candidate (Russ Feingold)
Gary Panteck- $2,500 to Car Dealers Assn.
John Schenden- $900 Dem candidates, $5,000 Car Dealer Assn.
Bill Shepherd- no record
Joel Sporn- no record

Conclusion: 7 gave to Dem candidates– 3 gave to GOP candidates including Ron Paul.

Josh Painter asks: “If, as the Obama apologists claim, that most car dealers are Republicans, why does the Chrysler Dealer Council have more than twice as many dealers on it who donated to Democrats than those who gave to GOP candidates?”

Related… No wonder these democratic dealerships supported the closings:

The ratio of donations for dealers that were shuttered was 42 to 1, GOP to Democrat.

Again here is what we know so far–
** Earlier it was reported that the Obama Administration may have targeted GOP donors in deciding which Chrysler dealerships would have to close their doors.
** Later it was discovered that a Big Dem Donor Group was allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open…. And, their local competitors were eliminated.
** The Auto Task Force, which includes Obama cabinet members, is reportedly calling the shots on which dealerships will close and stay open.
** Steven Rattner leads The Auto Task Force and is married to the former National Finance Chair of Democratic Party, Maureen White.
** The closings in several instances appear to benefit Dem donating dealers where local GOP-linked dealerships were closed.
** Even Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) lost his Chrysler dealership in Florida and found out from a colleague on the House floor.
** Lithia Motor Group’s owners gave $15,000 to two Democrat candidates and support nationalized healthcare. They will likely lose just two of 29 dealerships and gain 5 more.
** One report claims the odds that these Chrysler closings occurred without partisan bias are less than 1%.
** After closing the 789 dealerships Chrysler announced that they are already looking to open new franchises.
** Chrysler dealership owners donated to Republicans over Democrats by a ratio of 76% to 24%.
** Using the list of all 789 dealerships to be closed, WND found that owners contributed $450,000 to GOP presidential candidates; $7,970 to Sen. Hillary Clinton; $2,200 to John Edwards and $450 to Barack Obama.
** 40 Democrat-friendly dealerships will become 42 dealerships after the dust settles. Their competition gutted as well.

Previously:
Hope, Change & Marxism: Did Obama Target GOP Donors In Chrysler Dealer Closings? (Video)
Shock! Big Dem Donor Group Allowed to Keep Their 6 Chrysler Dealerships Open
More On Chrysler Closings– Did Team Obama Target Red Counties?
Even GOP Congressman Loses Chrysler Dealership
Dealergate: Mapping the Chrysler Closures
Unreal. After Weeding Out Dealers Chrysler Looking To Open New Dealerships
Car Czar Behind Chrysler Closings Married to Former Dem Party Leader
Dealergate Number Crunching: Looking at US Dealership Political Donations
Gibbs Denies Politics In Chrysler Dealership Closings **MAP**
Dealergate Update: Corrupt Dem-Donating Auto Group Keeps Dealerships

UPDATE: Here is more information on the closings from Gwynne in Texas:

Hat Tip to Gwynne from Texas

The closed dealerships are evenly split between Democrat and Republican boundaries.

372 dealerships fall within counties that voted in the majority for McCain.
417 dealerships fall within counties that voted in the majority for Obama.
789 total dealerships

389 dealerships fall within Republican Congressional Districts.
400 deallerships fall within Democratic Congressional Districts.
789 total dealerships

While there is a small margin for error in that several of the dealer addresses may be approximated (due to vague address information) and may have different mailing addresses than actual site locations, I think the correct direction to take is the donation analysis.

We also may want to take a look at the Congressmen who had the most closures in their districts and see if they may be on an enemies list.

Each of these Congressmen have 8 dealer closing in their districts:

Earl Pomeroy D-ND
Chris Van Hollen D-MD
Betty Sutton D-OH

Each of these Congressmen have 7 dealer closing in their districts:

Steve King R-IA
Debbie Wasserman Schultz D-FL
Tom Latham R-IA
Stephanie Herseth D-SD
Chet Edwars D-TX

Each of these Congressmen have 6 dealer closing in their districts:

Nancy Boyda D-KS
Ralph Regula R-OH
Frank Lucas R-OH
Jerry Moran R-KS
Bart Stupak D-MI
Nick J Rahall, II D-WV
Tim Murphy R-PA
Greg Walden R-OR
Frank R Wolf R-VA
Alan B Mollohan D-WV
James L Oberstar D-MN
Vern Buchanan R-FL

We are still waiting on information on the open dealerships and their owner’s political donations.

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