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More evidence emerges that Chrysler Dealer closings was politically motivated
The American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2009 | Rick Moran

Posted on 05/27/2009 9:01:10 AM PDT by Scanian

I wrote yesterday of the possibility that Chrysler dealers who had been given the ax were disproportionately Republican - many of them large contributors to GOP candidates and the RNC.

Now comes more evidence that these dealer closings were politically motivated. Through Reliapundit at Astute Bloggers, we learn that the lawyer for the dealers being torpedoed believes that the closings were ordered not by Chrysler, but by the White House: (via 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."

The dealer closings were not ordered by the bankruptcy judge but by the White House. This puts a whole new light on how the dealers to be closed were chosen and, more importantly, who did it.

And Jim Hoft has found an incredible piece of information. Apparently, a politically connected group of Democrats who own six Chrysler dealerships not only were allowed to keep them, but their competition was deep sixed. Hoft has a link to a blog on the Chrysler dealer shutdowns run by Joey Smith who reports:

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: chrysler; chryslergate; corruption; dncbrownshirts; frontpage; gop; killchryslerlist; michigan; nationalization; obama; obamunism; partisanwitchhunt
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1 posted on 05/27/2009 9:01:10 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Unbelievable. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 05/27/2009 9:02:52 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Scanian

3 posted on 05/27/2009 9:02:53 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Scanian

Interesting. Of course, I would expect more Republicans to own businesses anyway over Dems.


4 posted on 05/27/2009 9:04:15 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Scanian

Thanks for posting...my intuitions were correct. This is “stalin-USA” BS happening. At some point the people have got to make a stand before it’s too late...


5 posted on 05/27/2009 9:05:36 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: Scanian

If this could be proven . . . .


6 posted on 05/27/2009 9:06:33 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Scanian

This is CRIMINAL. Talk about “follow the money”, how about “stop the money”, as in drying up a source of campaign contributions to political opponents, while “augment the money”, as in beefing up campaign contributions to political allies. And we are talking about OUR money here, as you buy [Chrysler] cars in the future, the dealership profits being apportioned to campaign contributions.


7 posted on 05/27/2009 9:06:59 AM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: Scanian
http://chryslerdealershipshutdown.blogspot.com/

Looks like special Dems had their competitors closed.

8 posted on 05/27/2009 9:07:07 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: STARWISE

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2258852/posts


9 posted on 05/27/2009 9:07:30 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Scanian

And Bush caught crap for how many US attorneys he fired?


10 posted on 05/27/2009 9:08:33 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: savedbygrace

It CAN be proven. It WILL be ignored.


11 posted on 05/27/2009 9:09:18 AM PDT by henkster (The GOP is housebroken window-dressing displayed to portray the fiction of a Republic.)
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To: Scanian

GM & Chrysler have become the bottomless abyss whereby RATS will pluck their campaign donations from courtesy of the American taxpayers.


12 posted on 05/27/2009 9:09:20 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Scanian

Here they are folks. From the article:

[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:

Bentonville, AR (northwest Arkansas)
Lee’s Summit, MO (south of Kansas City, MO)
Branson, MO
Olathe, KS (near Kansas City)
Bossier City, LA (near Shreveport)
Huntsville, AL

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.]


13 posted on 05/27/2009 9:09:24 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: NativeNewYorker

There is another one to add to that list near Huntsville, AL.

http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/articles/2009/05/21/news/news1.txt


14 posted on 05/27/2009 9:09:54 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: Scanian
They are under enormous pressure from the President's automotive task force."

The auto industry was nationalized with the socialist bailout plans and auto manufacturers being run by BO and his henchman is a surprise?
15 posted on 05/27/2009 9:10:43 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Scanian; smith5460

Pinging Freeper smith5460 who has done a great job on the Chrysler dealer shutdown blog referenced here.


16 posted on 05/27/2009 9:11:25 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Scanian

This smells like Rahm.

My bets are on him.


17 posted on 05/27/2009 9:12:42 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scanian

African style socialism in action. Crony socialism. If you are a FOB (friend of ‘Boma) you are in. It’s like being a member of the commie party in Russia in the old days


18 posted on 05/27/2009 9:12:51 AM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: Scanian

Sorry, but the statistical evidence needs to be refined. If they show that more, better performing “Republican” dealerships were closed, compared to “Democrat” dealerships that were allowed to remain open, you have case.
Otherwise not.

Personally, I’m not sure that cutting the sales force is the way to fight your way out of bankruptcy. Better cars and MORE sales are the way out...


19 posted on 05/27/2009 9:16:04 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: savedbygrace
If this could be proven . . . .

Nothing would happen. Clinton sold missile technology to the Chinese (through Loral). NOTHING. ACORN rigged the election. NOTHING. Obama is nationalizing huge chunks of the economy. NOTHING. He isn't even a US citizen. NOTHING. He already fired the Chairman of GM. NOTHING. The media and the Republicans will do exactly...NOTHING.

20 posted on 05/27/2009 9:17:48 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Little Ray

There is a list of minority owned car dealers. Somebody needs to check that against cancelations and contributions.
My guess is no minority owned dealers were canceled.


21 posted on 05/27/2009 9:19:06 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Scanian

Thanks for posting!

I thought I saw where a dealer near Houston was joining a couple of other dealers shut down in taking this to court. TAKING their inventory for which they PAID and still have outstanding debt and GIVING it to another dealer is flat out wrong. I know a lawsuit could take quite some time to make it to the Supreme Court.


22 posted on 05/27/2009 9:20:08 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: Scanian

It never made sense why there was a need to close successful dealerships. If they were not successful they would close their doors on their own.

Is it possible that the Administration is this stupid or are they that arrogant and/or criminal?


23 posted on 05/27/2009 9:22:39 AM PDT by richiep (Richie)
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To: khnyny

Interesting too that all those locations are in Republican areas.


24 posted on 05/27/2009 9:22:43 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Republic of Texas

One thing would happen: The dealers would win their lawsuits. Just maybe talk radio would tell their listeners why they won.

Maybe.


25 posted on 05/27/2009 9:22:44 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Scanian
I wonder why the lawyer didn't flat out ask Chrysler in the deposition the question - who decided which dealerships are to be closed!

Why just let it be left to the attorney's “impression”?

26 posted on 05/27/2009 9:23:12 AM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Republic of Texas

You are, unfortunately, quite right.


27 posted on 05/27/2009 9:23:13 AM PDT by henkster (The GOP is housebroken window-dressing displayed to portray the fiction of a Republic.)
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To: theKid51

ping


28 posted on 05/27/2009 9:28:11 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Hey GOP follow Dick Cheney's lead)
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To: savedbygrace
Rush! was just talking about the Republican donating dealers being shut down.

If you listen to Rush! online as you read FR, you will find that he covers every story, every day, that is in the FR breaking news sidebar.

29 posted on 05/27/2009 9:30:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: savedbygrace

Sadly, in today’s Obamamerica. it doesn’t matter if it’s proven or not. the media won’t report it and you’re a racist for even thinking it.

Around here, nobody can explain why the dealers forced to close were chosen.


30 posted on 05/27/2009 9:30:35 AM PDT by wpa_mikeb
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To: dennisw
It may be African Socialism but the real practitioners of this brand of socialism lies immediately to our south, Mexico. This brand of socialism has always existed in Mexico and along with millions of their illegals is coming right here to the states.
31 posted on 05/27/2009 9:31:18 AM PDT by brydic1
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To: Scanian

I would think of nothing less from this group of Chicago thugs. Pray for our country.


32 posted on 05/27/2009 9:32:04 AM PDT by NCjim ("Lies have to be covered up, truth can run around naked." - Johnny Cash)
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To: Scanian

chryslergate.com is available.
dealergate.com is not.


33 posted on 05/27/2009 9:32:17 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: Scanian

And WHO is going to do something about this corruption????


34 posted on 05/27/2009 9:37:45 AM PDT by jackv (Just shakin' my head!!)
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To: Oldexpat
Let me weigh in on this, as I'm in the business. Unless they haven't sold a new car in months, no minority owned store will ever be closed. This has nothing to do with Obama [it pains me to say this], and has everything to do with the Feds for years pressuring the big 3 to have more "minority" owned stores. Ford, for example, this past year allowed minority owners to purchase the remainder of their stores for $1.00 if they could show the financial wherewithal to cover their debt.
35 posted on 05/27/2009 9:38:43 AM PDT by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: Scanian
Not surprising that an African-American President is destroying the rule of law considering how well that policy has worked in Africa to attract private investment [/sarc].
36 posted on 05/27/2009 9:40:13 AM PDT by Vet_6780 ("I see debt people")
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To: Scanian

Freedom of information law suits should be filed immediately. Get the emails/hard drives etc that all notifications were sent on. Trace it to their source.


37 posted on 05/27/2009 9:42:37 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: Scanian

who picked the dealerships?


38 posted on 05/27/2009 9:43:12 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com for the love of something)
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To: GraceG

you may be interested in this


39 posted on 05/27/2009 9:45:20 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: khnyny

What’s unbelievable that behavior that would be cause for resignation at best and impeachment at worst is now shrugged off as being part of the political game.


40 posted on 05/27/2009 9:46:30 AM PDT by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: Scanian

I would guess that since most car dealers are entrepreneurs, they probably skew heavily Republican anyway. That said, it’s still asinine that the government is arbitrarily closing these dealers.


41 posted on 05/27/2009 9:46:31 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: george76

Mack McLarty is from Hope, AR. Connect the dots. ;0)


42 posted on 05/27/2009 9:53:37 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: GeronL

Original story:

“It appears there is a real possibility that if you contributed to Republican candidates or the RNC, your number came up and your dealership was yanked.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/did_chrysler_play_politics_wit.html


43 posted on 05/27/2009 9:53:48 AM PDT by jackv (Just shakin' my head!!)
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To: RebelTXRose
I know a lawsuit could take quite some time to make it to the Supreme Court.

Long enough that the case could be decided by an empathetic Latina.

44 posted on 05/27/2009 9:54:34 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: Jeff Chandler

I mean a WISE, empathetic Latina.


45 posted on 05/27/2009 9:57:02 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: richiep

“It never made sense why there was a need to close successful dealerships.”

My sweetie believes this is because big dealers get a better discount from the automaker then a small dealership that doesn’t move as much product. Consequently, the bigger dealerships cost the automaker more (or return less profit) per vehicle. I’m not sure if this is accurate, but it still seems you would keep successfull dealerships going & cut the marginal ones!


46 posted on 05/27/2009 9:58:58 AM PDT by Twotone
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To: A_Former_Democrat

“Interesting too that all those locations are in Republican areas.”

No they’re not.

There are plenty of dealerships in blue states that got the axe too.


47 posted on 05/27/2009 10:02:07 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (If a muslim contracts swine flu, does he still get his 72 virgins?)
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To: henkster

It CAN be proven. It WILL be ignored.
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If it is, then it’s over. I mean that. It’s over. It will mean that Americans have changed, they are no longer the Americans they were 100 years ago. They will accept whatever the government chooses for them and they will like it. It will mean there is no line in the sand, they are perfectly willing to keep moving that line back as far as they need to. Pathetic. Defeatists.


48 posted on 05/27/2009 10:02:29 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder)
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To: Scanian

bump


49 posted on 05/27/2009 10:03:48 AM PDT by lowbridge (It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's that they know so much that isn't so - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Scanian

I’d love to see the figures on dealerships in TExas.


50 posted on 05/27/2009 10:04:26 AM PDT by Mamzelle (BRING CAMERA EQUIP TO TEA PARTIES--TAPE THE DISRUPTORS)
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