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Congressmen: Were Conservative Car Dealers Targeted for GM Closures?
breitbart.com ^ | May 17, 2013 | Alexander Marlow

Posted on 05/17/2013 11:08:31 AM PDT by grundle

Two Congressmen are asking the Treasury Department if it inappropriately scrutinized conservative-owned businesses the same way it targeted Tea Party groups filing for tax-exempt status.

Republicans Mike Kelly (PA-03) and Jim Renacci (OH-16) circulated a letter Thursday requesting Treasury Secretary Jack Lew release documents detailing the process and methodology the Automotive Task Force used to shut down General Motors dealerships in 2009 during the automotive industry crisis.

Renacci's Northeast Ohio Chevrolet dealership was closed in 2010 after losing a battle with General Motors. Congress loaned General Motors $50 billion in 2009 after declaring bankruptcy, which resulted in the federal government owning a majority share of the company. Roughly 2000 dealerships received "wind-down" agreements, and while hundreds were able to survive an exhaustive arbitration process, Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet in Wadsworth did not. Renacci, then a Congressional candidate challenging incumbent John Boccieri, placed the blame squarely on President Obama.

“I jumped into the campaign because of what happened to the car business,” Renacci said in 2010. “This is another example of the devastation of this administration’s massive government intrusion into the private sector.” He went on to describe the government takeover of GM as "the Obama Administration dictating to small-business owners whether they can continue to operate privately owned businesses."

Mike Kelly has a similar story. He decided to run for Congress when it was announced that Obama's Automotive Task Force slated Wayland Chevrolet in Butler, Pennsylvania for closure. The dealership was started by Kelly's father in 1953.

Now that it has been confirmed that the Treasury Department unfairly profiled conservatives around that time, the Congressmen are wondering if that could have been a factor in the selection of certain dealerships for closure.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automotivetaskforce; cardealers; generalmotors; gm; irsscandal; sectreasury; treasury

1 posted on 05/17/2013 11:08:31 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
Oops! Here's the link:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/17/congressmen-letter-GM-closures

2 posted on 05/17/2013 11:09:05 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Yes they were. There were many stories back then from dealers complaining about it after not donating to the O camp.


3 posted on 05/17/2013 11:09:24 AM PDT by edcoil (If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.)
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To: grundle
Thanks, I’d almost forgotten about that travesty.
4 posted on 05/17/2013 11:11:05 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: grundle

Ah, so that explains some of the power behind Mike Kelly today.
he ripped Miller apart


5 posted on 05/17/2013 11:11:20 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: edcoil

They most certainly were targeted and got their francishes yanked out from under them. I have a good friend who had this happen to him. One more reason I will never purchasee another GM vehicle.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 11:12:00 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: grundle; All

this has been know for the longest time but the cowardly GOP never investigated this...

check out one of the first speakers from the 9-12 March on DC; a dealership owner who was targeted because he donated to McCLame/Palin....btw- i believe it was Ginsburg who knocked his suit down...


7 posted on 05/17/2013 11:12:57 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: grundle

Aw Jeez, not another Obama
Administration scandal!


8 posted on 05/17/2013 11:13:50 AM PDT by McGruff (It's not the crime it's the cover-up someone once said.)
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To: Huskrrrr
Thanks, I’d almost forgotten about that travesty.

Well, that was over 200 scandals ago, that was so 2009. B-P Seriously, I remember that too. We are living a nightmare.
9 posted on 05/17/2013 11:13:59 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: grundle; All

btw- its not just that dealerships owned by conservatives were targeted; its also profitable dealerships owned by conservatives were shut down while money losing dealerships which were owned by obama donoating liberals were helped by the bailout to keep their doors open...


10 posted on 05/17/2013 11:15:41 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: grundle

unless some of these obama thugs go to jail with a VERY public perwalk into the prison, this is all meaningless.


11 posted on 05/17/2013 11:15:51 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Nowhere Man

True, you need a program to keep up with the scandals, past and present.


12 posted on 05/17/2013 11:17:23 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: McGruff
I know, there are so many scandals with the Obongo Presidency that if it was a Republican, doubly so if it was G.W. Bush, if all of this happened, I'd probably be able to see the smoke form all the torches in DC once I cross the Appalachians from Breezewood, PA on down. B-P

Sorry about the run on sentence. B-)

BTW, there hasn't been much done for many Hurricane Sandy victims, yet where is the hue and cry we had in Katrina? Oh yeah, I'm so dumb, I got to remember that their guy is in office and many of those people are not "Obongo's people." B-P


13 posted on 05/17/2013 11:18:51 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Holodeck Computer! End Obongo Administration Simulation Program NOW!!!!)
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To: grundle
Good question but probably never amount to crap. We have no enforcement organization to respond if found to be illegal and don’t expect the House Republicans for anything. Maybe another item to add to the current IRS investigation but I can assure you it will not be brought up.
14 posted on 05/17/2013 11:19:25 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Huskrrrr

Congress loaned General Motors $50 billion in 2009.... uh no, the American taxpayers were forced to loan GM $50 billion in 2009.


15 posted on 05/17/2013 11:19:55 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: longtermmemmory

Here is on that should go to jail... Mack Mclarty who was a clinton aid....

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/27/a-look-at-the-protected-chrysler-dealerships/


16 posted on 05/17/2013 11:20:32 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: Huskrrrr
True, you need a program to keep up with the scandals, past and present.

Man, you'd probably crash the biggest supercomputer at CERN trying to track all these scandals. The screen would read, TILT! B-P I thought the Clinton scandals were the worst, this guy makes Clinton look like a saint.
17 posted on 05/17/2013 11:21:53 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Holodeck Computer! End Obongo Administration Simulation Program NOW!!!!)
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To: grundle

I believe there were two dealerships in Little Rock, that were well run, shut down in favor of an out out city dealership partially owned by a friend of the Clintons.


18 posted on 05/17/2013 11:22:45 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: grundle

Don’t forget about Joe the Plumber (from Ohio) and how his records were searched (and some made public) after his confrontation with Obama.


19 posted on 05/17/2013 11:25:32 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Huskrrrr

Ever read Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption”? I thought it was amazing how much dirt accumulated by the time she wrote it, but if she released an updated version today it would have to be a multi-volume set. By 2016 it would probably look like an encyclopedia.


20 posted on 05/17/2013 11:26:10 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Huskrrrr
Travesty, indeed.

We knew of someone who got a very good deal on a nice piece of property. The seller was/had been a GM dealer...for many years. They targeted him. The stress finally got to him and he took his own life. His spouse basically had a fire sale. Very sad.

He DID build that, then it all came crashing down.

21 posted on 05/17/2013 11:28:12 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: grundle
Not another scandal?!!!?


22 posted on 05/17/2013 11:39:33 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Jane Long

Oh my, how sad. I’m sorry for that poor man’s family.


23 posted on 05/17/2013 11:58:54 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

I remember that one of the hosts on Fox & FRiends said when they were closing the car dealerships, that her fathers car dealership was closed, and it was one of the dealerships that were actually making money.


24 posted on 05/17/2013 12:00:47 PM PDT by mware
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To: grundle

Of course it was but the GOP never did anything about it.


25 posted on 05/17/2013 12:01:23 PM PDT by coconut47
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To: ThomasMore

Carney said “what scandals” - they are just denying that there are any scandals and the press is acting like they’re being Jedi mind tricked.


26 posted on 05/17/2013 12:01:42 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Huskrrrr
Thanks, I’d almost forgotten about that travesty.

IIRC, it actually began with the government-brokered sale of Chrysler to Fiat. Conservative-leaning Dodge dealers were the first victims of this new brand of political warfare.

27 posted on 05/17/2013 12:04:44 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: grundle

The political party of ‘no morals’ shows their true colors. Of course... There is no limit to what is done to ‘achieve their goals’


28 posted on 05/17/2013 12:09:14 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: edcoil; Huskrrrr

Oh yes there were targeted and punished dealers and nobody did or said a thing. Archer Dodge here in Houston was wiped out. Biggest dealer in the area. Supposedly they only closed “underperforming dealers”. Largest dealer in the area? Underperforming? Not bloodly likely.

Yeah, that is why Kelly is on the warpath. He is a GM since the 50s and now also a KIA dealer...

I’ll NEVER buy another GM or Dodge... NEVER. To hell with the UAW and ostoner!

Rage people, rage is what is needed! Don’t get mad though and don’t get even. Get ahead.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 12:17:56 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: grundle

In Alexandria, Louisiana, there were two Dodge/Crystler Dealerships. One was owned by a black man who was in the local papers partying with Jesse Jackson when he came to town. Guess which dealership stayed open.


30 posted on 05/17/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: longtermmemmory

You can believe, it’s all meaningless. These are “show trials”, in a different sense of the phrase. No one is going to be punished. Hundreds of scandals have passed by without notice, this isn’t even a case of “better late than never” because nothing’s going to come of it, nothing real and meaningful. Hussein will finish his term. Even if they got serious, so many scandals have gone under the bridge that they could never catch up. What happened to those attempting to persecute Christians in the military? What happened to Fast and Furious from years back? Hussein and his people have nothing if not chutzpah. They will do whatever they want and dare anyone to seriously touch the people at the very top responsible for tyranny this country is turning into. Sure, he’ll pass the buck, lie in our teeth and dare anyone to call him on it, anyone with the power to do anything about it. He’ll throw a few small fish nder the bus if absolutely necessary, but the real powers, his own people in his inner circle who are behind it all, and hmself, will remain untouched, and will continue the shenanigans,


31 posted on 05/17/2013 12:23:54 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: grundle

Yes they were is there any doubt.


32 posted on 05/17/2013 12:39:46 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: grundle

My Chevy dealer...Holler....was an institution in the Orlando area....and the top Chevy dealer in sales....when it was closed down. Shifty eyed David Maus opens a Chevy dealer about a yr later


33 posted on 05/17/2013 1:00:21 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: grundle

I distinctly remember Gretchen Carlson on Fox & Friends saying that her family’s GM car dealership which they had for about 90 years or so, and which was very profitable, was closed even though some dealerships in Minneapolis were allowed to stay open - because they were liberal friends of the Mpls Mayor.

Now that the IRS double dealing has come into the open, maybe the GM franchises will also be scrutinized more clearly.


34 posted on 05/17/2013 1:00:34 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: grundle

Yes, but it’s old news. What does it matter? /PIAPS


35 posted on 05/17/2013 1:02:34 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: VA_Gentleman

Congress loaned General Motors $50 billion in 2009.... uh no, the American taxpayers were forced to loan GM $50 billion in 2009
___________________________

It’s amazing what $50 billion of our money given involuntarily to a company can do.

Their cars are really good now. I drove the Cadillac ATS. The car corners like it’s on rails. But the CUE system needs a lot of work. I’m going to wait until 2014 until they work the bugs out.


36 posted on 05/17/2013 6:00:30 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: grundle

I am glad they are bringing this up. It shows an enduring pattern of discrimination and civil rights violations. There is really no Freedom of Speech or Association if they are able to do things like they did.


37 posted on 05/18/2013 8:11:00 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: grundle

38 posted on 05/18/2013 6:14:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I’ll still never buy a GM product, and I’m eligible for the GM employee discount because my grandfather worked there for 50 years. Until they can compete with the Japanese brands from a quality perspective, and pay back what they owe the taxpayers, they’ll never receive my business.


39 posted on 05/20/2013 6:29:12 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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