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  • Walmart Asked to Stop Bankrolling Sharpton After New York Police Murders

    12/22/2014 8:34:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 22, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Here is a letter I sent today to C. Douglas McMillon, Walmart President and CEO: We ask that Walmart end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN). The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, follows weeks of Sharpton's vilification of law enforcement personnel. As you know, Walmart has helped bankroll Sharpton for years. Most recently, the company was a sponsor of Sharpton's 60thbirthday party in New York City, which reportedly was a fundraiser for NAN that raised a million dollars. We have repeatedly raised...
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of NY joins in over $2.2B In civil .. forefeitures

    11/14/2014 7:19:21 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | January 10, 2014
    U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced Friday that the Eastern District of New York, working collaboratively with other offices as well as on its own, collected over $904 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013. ... The combined joint collections and asset forfeiture recoveries for the Eastern District total of more than $2.2 billion exceeds the appropriated $1.86 billion operating budget for all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices nationwide. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The...
  • Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch is Soft on Political Corruption

    11/17/2014 11:29:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 17, 2014 | NLPC Staff
    Loretta Lynch, President Obama's choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, has an especially weak record of investigating and prosecuting political corruption. Moreover, her longstanding ties to the New York political machine have limited her independence as a prosecutor. Lynch, who currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has watched as Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the neighboring Southern District of New York, has prosecuted case after case. And Bharara would not have acted except for a slew of newspaper headlines about political corruption generated by the National Legal and Policy Center....
  • Another GM Recall Bombshell Raises More Questions

    11/10/2014 11:00:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The evidence continues to mount that General Motors has been less than transparent, if not outright culpable, regarding its ignition switch recall fiasco. As the death toll mounts (from the original 13 casualties reported by GM to the just revised 32 deaths) for victims involved in crashes of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, new evidence has emerged that GM actually ordered replacement parts for the defective switches a full two months before they even reported a problem. A Wall Street Journal article published on Sunday unveiled the damning evidence that GM placed an order for half a million replacement...
  • Women's Museum Asked to Rescind Mary Barra Award; GM CEO Made History 'of Wrong Kind'

    11/10/2014 9:16:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Today I sent the following letter to Dr. Gretchen Green, the Acting Chair of the National Women's History Museum: We ask the National Women's History Museum (NWHM) to withdraw its planned award to General Motors CEO Mary Barra. As you know, Barra is scheduled to receive the Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award on November 17 as part of your annual de Pizan Honors at The Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Barra has indeed made history - of the wrong kind. Just three months ago, she sat in front of Congressional Committees and desperately tried...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • Obama Lied; NLPC Health Plan Cancelled Today

    02/25/2014 12:31:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 25, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Remember Presdient Obama promising “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan?” PolitiFact.com has identified 37 instances of Obama or another top administration official making this claim, or something close to it. Today we received this email from United HealthCare informing us that our health plan that we like "will no longer be offered:"
  • Inquiry on Democratic Senator (Menendez) Started With a Partisan Push

    02/17/2013 5:44:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2013 | ERIC LIPTON
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Sandwiched between two doctors’ offices at a roadside plaza here is the headquarters of a small team of veteran Republican investigators, operating almost as a private detective squad, who since late last year have had a determined goal: bringing down Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. “We’ve never sent a Democrat to jail,” said Ken Boehm, the chairman of the group, the National Legal and Policy Center, as he looked up from a table filled with his Menendez files and engaged in what was to him a bit of wishful thinking. To Mr. Menendez and...
  • EPA's Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

    07/03/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain theways he “crucified” oil and natural gas companies, insteadAl Armendariz – who cancelled his appearance at the last minute – met with the Sierra Club for a job interview. This time the recently resigned EPA’s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its “Beyond Coal” campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • Rep. Meeks Blames NLPC for Ethics Woes

    08/01/2012 11:18:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 1, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In an interview Tuesday on New York City's TV channel 5, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) denied that he is under investigation by federal authorities, contradicting several previous reports by the New York Times, New York Post and New York Daily News. The New York Post reported on Saturday that a nonprofit called the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation received subpoenas connected to a broader investigation of Meeks, who has steered millions in federal funds to the group. As he has done in the past, Meeks attributed his woes to the New York Post and NLPC. Of the most recent reports, he...
  • Akerson Admits GM Bankruptcy Not Well Thought Out

    06/12/2012 10:00:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors CEO, Dan Akerson, discussed some of the issues plaguing GM's share price in today's Wall Street Journal. Akerson laments a bloated bureaucracy at Government Motors that has not greatly improved since the company's 2009 bankruptcy process. Despite admitting that the bankruptcy was rushed through without proper planning, the Obama-appointed Akerson did not mention the continued UAW overhangs at the company. Regarding an inherited bloated management structure at GM and the inefficiencies that went along with it, Akerson stated, "The good thing about our bankruptcy is that it took only 39 days. The bad news is that bankruptcy took...
  • GM Boycott Hurting Market Share?

    05/08/2012 11:09:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 8, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week's earnings report from General Motors revealed a troubling statistic for shareholders. GM's market share for North America shrunk from 18.3% a year ago to 16.7% for the latest quarter. Not coincidently, a survey by Yahoo Autos revealed that a full 13% of consumers would now "never" consider purchasing a GM vehicle while another 15% are less likely to purchase. A negative perception of the auto bailout process and the continued political overtones at GM are the reasons for the boycott. Another recent Rasmussen poll showed that 59% of Americans view the auto bailouts as a failure. The...
  • Is Misplaced Focus on Chevy Volt Costing GM Market Share?

    04/12/2012 11:16:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Another important story goes unreported by TV networks receiving millions of dollars in ad revenue from General Motors. Viewers getting their news from Obama-friendly sources continue to hear about how great GM is doing. For those getting their news from internet sites not beholden to Government Motors, the reports aren't as good. March US market share for GM fell to 17.5% in March, the lowest level for "Old" or "New" GM since 1922. One has to wonder if the political motivations at GM are hurting the company. A good deal of GM's multi-billion dollar marketing budget went towards promoting...
  • Taxpayers’ Green ‘Investment’ in Battery Company Withers

    04/04/2012 10:55:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 4, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A123 Systems – the taxpayer-funded electric vehicle battery manufacturer that famously shipped duds toFisker Automotive, which caused one of its luxurious Karma EVs toshut down just before aConsumer Reports test – is now the defendant in an investor class action lawsuit and its stock has tanked to below $1. Massachusetts-based A123received more than $279 million in grants from the Department of Energy, most of it used to refurbish two plants in Livonia and Romulus, Mich., for the production of EV batteries. The company laid off 125 factory workers in November, lost $257.7 million in 2011 (including an $11.6 million...
  • Which Pays Fair Share of Taxes, ExxonMobil or GM?

    04/03/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 3, 2012 | Mark Modica
    One thing that I have realized about the rhetoric surrounding green energy initiatives and the proclamations by Team Obama glorifying companies like General Motors while vilifying others like ExxonMobil is that the claims and the facts are worlds apart. Voters are led to believe that evil oil companies like ExxonMobil are getting a free pass and not paying their fair share while the supposedly patriotic GM is an American success story which now contributes to society and builds miracle cars like the Chevy Volt which will free the US from foreign oil dependence. One set of facts that is...
  • Obama Fails 'Uniter' Test on Trayvon Martin Incident

    04/03/2012 11:38:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 3, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    This past weekend saw further escalation of nationwide demonstrations over the fatal February 26 shooting of a black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, by a white Neighborhood Watch volunteer. Though in apparent self-defense, many are demanding the shooter, George Zimmerman, be arrested. In lieu of such action, some are vowing to apply their brand of street justice. Unfortunately, they have an ally in President Obama. Speaking before reporters outside the White House on Friday, March 23, Obama implied Martin was a victim of a racially-motivated murder and cover-up. His defining line - "You know, if I had a son, he'd...
  • GM Blames Chevy Volt Owners for Power Cord Problems (linked video)

    03/26/2012 8:44:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 29+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Being a politician means never having to say you're sorry. It now seems that the same philosophy holds true with government-owned General Motors. About eight months ago some owners of Chevy Volts complained that charging cords were overheating , sometimes to the point of melting. At the time, GM blamed owners, saying the wall outlets were the culprits. We now finally have GM addressing the safety concerns and agreeing to replace charging cords for all 9,500 Volts that have been sold since production began. But in what is becoming a new public relations precedent, the move is not being...
  • Chevy Volt – The Prize-Winning Pig

    03/15/2012 8:56:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 15, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Fresh off the heels of its European Car of the Year award, the Chevy Volt has been named "Vincentric Best Value in America." You just can't make this stuff up. I didn't know that there were so many awards in the auto industry, but the less that the Volt sells, the more awards it seems to win. After this latest award, it dawned on me that the Chevy Volt is eerily like Wilbur, the prize-winning pig from the classic children's tale, Charlotte's Web. Wilbur was a runt of a pig, destined to go to the slaughter house. He is...
  • SEIU-Controlled Nonprofit Network Grows in Size, Boldness

    03/13/2012 1:19:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 12, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    'Occupy Wall Street' and similar protests around the nation were only the beginning. The Service Employees International Union, as much as anyone, is making sure of it. The SEIU these past several months has been playing a crucial behind-the-scenes role in transforming these rallies into the raw material for a new generation of activists. Through varied front groups, the union is taking its fight against banks, energy companies and other corporations to a new level, making sure reluctant elected officials feel their wrath. These nonprofit organizations, typically operating under monikers such as "good jobs" and "a fair economy," may...
  • Fisker’s Private Fundraisers Face SEC Investigation

    03/12/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 12, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified the brokers who raised most of the private financing for taxpayer-backed electric automaker Fisker Automotive that charges may be brought against them, in connection with a private offering in 2009. The co-founders of Advanced Equities, Inc., Keith Daubenspeck and Dwight Badger, were served in January with Wells Notices by enforcement staff from the SEC’s Chicago office. The warning informs defendants of the preliminary results of an investigation, and that findings mean a recommendation for a full hearing before the commission is likely. The subjects of the investigation are given the opportunity to...
  • More Taxpayer Largess for Chevy Volt— on Leases

    03/12/2012 9:33:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 2+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    The recent lowering of lease costs for the Chevy Volt led me to think about the amount of money General Motors or Ally Financial (also taxpayer-owned) was going to lose when the quickly depreciating leased vehicles begin to be returned. I then recognized another egregious waste of taxpayer money being spent to support the struggling car. Taxpayers are paying the tax credits, which go to the lessor of the Volt (most likely Ally Financial), to place Volts on the road for a limited period of time. The typical Chevy Volt lease will be for a term of 36 months. The...
  • Taxpayer-Funded Abound Solar Had Previous Shutdown; Lobbyist Promoted Failed Projects

    03/07/2012 10:37:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 7, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A Department of Energy-funded solar company that laid off 280 workers last week quietly imposed a mandatory, temporary cessation of its operations during the holidays, and warned employees to “not let the rumor mill create false purposes for this shut down.” And in another sign of potential financial troubles, a company document that is supposed to guide “the next great solar company” advises leadership to “stretch payables” to help attain its goals. The forced time off was discovered in an internal memorandum obtained by The Complete Colorado, a news digest Web site, which also revealed the planning document. Employees...
  • GM Chevy Volt Halt Confirms Green Energy Policy Failure

    03/05/2012 8:41:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 5, 2012 | Mark Modica
    I hate to beat a dead Edsel, but the Chevy Volt story is just too important to let slip away. After last week's announcement by General Motors that it would be temporarily halting production of the Chevy Volt due to low demand, you would think that the evidence would finally be conclusive that the over-hyped, over-subsidized vehicle is a flop. The response by GM and lack of same from the Obama-loving media is worthy of continued criticism from those of us who have recognized that taxpayers have been bilked out of billions of dollars to produce a car that...
  • Surprise! Another DOE Solar 'Bet' Produces Green Job Losses

    03/01/2012 10:47:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 1, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Yet another solar company that received loan guarantees from the Department of Energy has dismissed factory workers, lopping off 70 percent of its U.S. employees. Loveland, Colo.-based Abound Solar announced Tuesday it would lay off 280 workers at its production plant near Longmont, leaving 120 still employed. The start-up (2009) company attributed the cutbacks to the need for upgrades at the plant to manufacture more efficient solar panels, with plans to restore production levels and rehire most employees within six to nine months. “Hopefully at the end of that time period we will bring people back,” said Steve Abely,...
  • Chevy Volt Gas Savings: Myths and Reality

    02/29/2012 10:50:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 28, 2012 | Mark Modica
    There has been much written and said about the operating costs of the Chevy Volt. Proponents and critics have both been a bit deceptive on claims about just how much the Volt can save or cost you by mostly running on an electric charge before switching to gas. Snopes.com gives a fairly accurate picture of the true fuel savings in a recent analysis. First, it is important to recognize that true operating cost consists of depreciation, insurance and maintenance as well as energy consumption. The high cost of the Volt puts it at an immediate disadvantage to conventionally powered...
  • VIDEO: Modica Criticizes Tax Credits to GM Dealers Selling Chevy Volts to Gov't

    02/23/2012 10:48:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 23, 2012 | NLPC Staff
    Mark Modica interviewed by Gerri Willis of the Willis Report on Fox Business Channel. Video, 4 minutes
  • EXCLUSIVE: GM Dealers Get Chevy Volt Tax Credit for Sales to Gov't (Outrageous)

    02/22/2012 9:56:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Modica
    I discovered an interesting fact while reviewing the 2011 IRS form 8936 used for the $7500 EV tax credit. While under most circumstances it is the wealthy purchasers of Chevy Volts and other high priced plug-in vehicles that get the taxpayer-funded handout, it appears that General Motors' dealerships that sell the vehicles to government entities are benefiting by being able to claim the credits. These dealers are able to double-dip into the seemingly endless pool of taxpayer funds designated for cronies of the Obama Administration under the guise of green initiatives. Not only do taxpayers pay for Chevy Volts...
  • GE Steps Up Support for GM Chevy Volt Folly (Excellent piece)

    02/20/2012 12:27:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 20, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week, Greencarreports.com reported that crony corporation, General Electric, will be purchasing only Chevy Volts for employee use. The move will help General Motors proclaim that the Volt is a success (and help ensure that GE sells more charging stations) as thousands of orders for the vehicle hit the books, conveniently timed to coincide with the run up to the 2012 presidential election. The Volt has not caught on with the majority of consumers as the benefits of traveling 20 to 45 miles on an electric charge before getting about 30 miles per gallon on premium fuel do not...
  • After Layoffs, Execs Get Big Raises at Taxpayer-Funded A123 (Makes batteries for Fisker)

    02/16/2012 12:17:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A taxpayer-funded electric vehicle battery company, that is considered in great danger due to its dependency on troubled EV company Fisker Automotive, has awarded its top executives big salary increases despite a steep downward trajectory in its stock price. Massachusetts-based A123 Systems -- whichreceived $279.1 million instimulus money from the Department of Energy, and up to $135 million in incentives from the State of Michigan -- boosted the base salaries of two vice presidents and its chief financial officer on February 8. Chief Financial Officer David Prystash was bumped 27 percent to $380,000; VP of Energy Solutions Robert Johnson’s...
  • LightSquared Fiasco Puts Harsh Spotlight on FCC's Genachowski

    02/15/2012 9:49:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 15, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In a major victory for the National Legal and Policy Center, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday reversed itself and revoked a controversial waiver it had granted LightSquared, which would have allowed the company to deploy a national wireless network. The reversal is not only a major setback for LightSquared's billionaire owner Phil Falcone, but puts a harsh spotlight on the role of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. According to Cecelia Kang of the Washington Post Tech blog : The FCC's decision is expected to all but end LightSquared's aspirations to provide mobile broadband services via satellite airwaves -- a...
  • Why is GM Spending Millions to Re-Hype the Chevy Volt?

    02/10/2012 9:25:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 10, 2012 | Mark Modica
    In the words of Yogi Berra, it looks like déjà vu all over again as General Motors plans to "relaunch" the Chevy Volt. Just in case you missed the first rollout that saw certain financial news networks dedicate loads of airtime to help GM build the hype surrounding a vehicle that was to be a savior for GM as support was garnered for a taxpayer bailout and subsequent IPO, we now get a second take on the failed first production. Many of the same cast will appear as cronies at Motor Trend will be cited for giving the Volt...
  • Many Unanswered Questions Surround Fisker Layoffs

    02/09/2012 4:06:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 8, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    This post has been updated below. Among the objections about taxpayer subsidies for the high-profileChevy Volt, manufactured by Government Motors, is that the many grants, loans and tax breaks that lowered the sticker price on the electric hybrid car facilitated its (paltry) sales for the benefit of wealthier individuals who were purchasing it – those with average annual salaries of $170,000 . So can you imagine how happy the affluent customers (like Leonardo DiCaprio) of the heavily subsidized, $102,000 electric Fisker Karma are, to be able to purchase their gimmicky sports sedan at a discount, with a $7,500 tax...
  • What’s Behind Eastwood’s Super Bowl Ad?

    02/07/2012 9:57:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 6, 2012 | Mark Modica
    It is mostly unanimous that Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl ad appearance was a stirring and emotional tribute to America and Detroit. The ad was heartfelt, despite the fact that bailed out Italian-owned auto company, Chrysler, paid for it. Unless NBC offered some significant discounts to their ad rates, the ad cost Chrysler about $14 million. Considering the political nature of the ad and the fact that Chrysler vehicles were not touted in the ad, I must ask the cynical question; what's in it for Italian-owned Chrysler? Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is a pretty smart guy. I don't think he...
  • GM’s Dubious Super Bowl Ad Claims

    02/06/2012 11:59:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 6, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Some very humorous (if not cost-effective) ads were exhibited by General Motors during this year's Super Bowl game. GM continues to freely spend its stockpile of taxpayer supplied cash reserve as it even aired a spot touting the Chevy Volt. At a cost of $3.5 million for a 30 second spot the expense equals about 15% of the total revenues GM brought in during the entire month of January for the Volt when sales fell to a dismal level of 603. What is the reasoning behind spending so much to advertise a vehicle that sells in such small numbers...
  • UAW Weighs in on GM's “No-Strike Clause”

    02/02/2012 12:22:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mark Modica
    I recently questioned the existence of a binding "no-strike clause" that the media reported on back when General Motors was making a plea for its taxpayer-funded bailout. The claims were that the UAW could not strike at GM or Chrysler until 2015. UAW Communications Coordinator, Tom Brune, has responded and gave a bit of clarification as to what the so-called no-strike clause actually means. The response by Mr. Brune is appreciated, but we still see this subject from two different points of view. My feeling is that the no-strike clause was misrepresented to the public and implied that UAW...
  • What's Behind Lutz’s Chevy Volt Tirade? (Also video interview)

    02/01/2012 10:32:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Also video interview link below in comment on Gov't Conflict of Interest on Chevy Volt Probe? Well-respected car guy and General Motors supporter, Bob Lutz, posted a piece on Forbes that attacked "right-wing" criticism of the Chevy Volt. With all due respect and noting that I have nowhere near the credentials of Mr. Lutz, I feel it appropriate to respond to the ridiculous defense that we have seen of a vehicle that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars while offering little in return. I also have some questions of my own for Mr. Lutz and GM. First, let's address the...
  • Rep. Meeks Threatens to 'Go After' NLPC

    01/30/2012 11:35:31 AM PST · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 30, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In a recent interview with the "City and State" website, which covers New York politics, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said that he wants "to go after" our not-for-profit status. The threat was part of a more general attack on the New York Post, which has published a series of articles based on information we have provided. We have also provided information to the New York Times and New York Daily News . All the headlines have led to a House Ethics Committee investigation, and reportedly, a grand jury investigation of Meeks' finances. We are not exactly quaking in our...
  • Was UAW No-Strike Clause Another GM Bailout Deception?

    01/30/2012 9:09:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 30, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Back during the days of General Motors' bankruptcy proceedings, media reports cited the many "sacrifices" made by the politically favored UAW. I have long wondered what these many sacrifices were, as UAW members seem to be doing pretty well since the GM bankruptcy. One such "sacrifice" was a supposed agreement that the UAW could not go on strike at GM until after 2015, as mentioned in this Bloomberg piece, and accepted as fact by all media sources. I questioned this assertion in a piece I wrote in December of 2010 , but as has been the case with much...
  • Taxpayers Take Hit as Layoffs, Bankruptcies Plague Green Firms

    01/27/2012 11:27:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 27, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Federal tax credits, loan and grant programs that expired at the end of last year have plugged the financial flow that made so-called “renewables” and electric vehicles viable, so they are now shedding employees and going bankrupt, illustrating that the “clean” industry owed its existence solely to government. Even with the government money, they are failing. Yesterday Indiana-based Ener1, an energy storage company thatreceived $118.5 million from DOE, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Despite plans to have 1,400 employees in Indiana by 2015, the company had downsized in the state from 380 to approximately 250 since March. Ener1’s stock...
  • Will GM's Akerson Come Clean on the Chevy Volt?

    01/23/2012 3:28:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 23, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors' CEO, Dan Akerson, is scheduled to testify at congressional hearings on the NHTSA delay in reporting Chevy Volt fires. GM and the government agency waited about five months to report an incident involving a Volt which erupted in flames weeks after a crash-test. Up to this point, Akerson has not exactly been honest about the Volt; can we now expect him to come clean? A culture of deceit has been evident at GM since the Obama Administration orchestrated a manipulated bankruptcy process that favored the politically powerful UAW over other classes. It was during the time of...
  • Dismal Outlook for EVs on Both Sides of the Atlantic

    01/19/2012 10:17:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    For electric vehicle enthusiasts with the “if you build it, they will come” mentality, who endorse endless taxpayer subsidies for plug-in automobiles and infrastructure to charge them, there’s bad news this week. The Daily Mail reported that sales of electric cars in the United Kingdom have fallen so sharply that there are now more charging stations than there are vehicles. If you thought the flaccid U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt (7,671 units) and Nissan Leaf (9,674 units) were a letdown – despite significant government funding for research and development, batteries, charging systems, and a $7,500 tax credit for...
  • As Goes GM, So Goes Obama Reelection

    01/17/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 17, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week the Detroit News reported that NHTSA claimed that the White House had nothing to do with the agency's delay in disclosing its Chevy Volt fires to the public. Supposedly, NHTSA contacted the White House three months after the Volt fires and waited another two months before releasing the information to the public. Whether or not the Obama Administration is being honest about its involvement in NHTSA's Chevy Volt investigation, it is clear that we are in an unprecedented situation with the President of the US having his reelection chances largely tied to the success of General Motors,...
  • GM Wrestles With Chevy Volt 'Political Controversy'

    01/12/2012 9:11:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    It seems that General Motors is sticking to its guns as they continue to blame lack of supply for low sales of the Chevy Volt. A story by the Detroit Free Press quotes GM Vice Chairman, Steve Girsky, as saying that market demand for the Volt will not be known until around June as "...there are still dealer orders that are getting filled and there are customers that are still getting out there." GM's president of North American operations, Mark Reuss, addressed criticism of the Volt by adding, "The worst thing we could do would be to back off...
  • Russian Oligarch Tries to Cash In on Obama's Crony Capitalism

    01/10/2012 12:58:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 10, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The Department of Energy announced on Friday it would not complete a low-interest, $730 million loan toSeverstal North America, after it had given the company a conditional commitment in July under its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. DOE gave no reason for its disapproval of the loan, but it had come under scrutiny about its judgment after the collapse of solar company Solyndra, which was lent $535 million in taxpayer dollars. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa called upon Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to revisit the Severstal project – which would modernize its facility in Dearborn,...
  • Consumers Should Select Cars, Not Government (Video: Mark Modica on Cavuto show)

    01/09/2012 1:22:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 9, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    VIDEO 4:19 minutes NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica says it is time to end tax credits and subsidies for electric vehicles. He is interviewed by Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network on Friday, January 6. Here's a transcript: Neil Cavuto : Meanwhile, a Fox Business Alert that is going to be a topical issue, drivers paying more to fill up. But it doesn't look like they're getting fed up with the gas guzzlers. Gasoline now at its highest price ever for the start of the year. It's still rising. But look what else is rising. Sales of really big...
  • GM Recalls Chevy Volt (Paul Chesser on Cavuto show)

    01/06/2012 1:32:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 6, 2012 | NLPC Staff
    VIDEO 4 minutes Last night, NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser discussed the Chevy Volt recall with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. Here's a transcript: Neil Cavuto : ...Forget Volt sales and that they are far from catching fire. Apparently the cars really are in danger of catching fire. GM is recalling nearly 8,000 Chevy Volts for what they're calling enhancements. I actually hate it when people do that but that's what they're calling them, enhancements, aimed at preventing the battery from bursting into flames. The National Legal and Policy Center's Paul Chesser says that this recall should be...
  • Chevy Volt Fleet Sales Rise, Government GM Purchases Increase

    01/05/2012 2:10:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 5, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors reported Chevy Volt sales of 1,529 for the month of December. The still unimpressive number is an improvement over previous months, but the gains were mostly driven by fleet sales. According to GM, 992 of the Volts sold were to retail customers while 537 went to fleet purchasers. GM says the fleet sales were to corporate buyers and not to rental companies. The number of Volts sold to townships receiving federal grants remains unknown. The corporate sales claim makes sense as crony company, General Electric, starts to make good on its promise to buy thousands of Volts....
  • Taxpayers' Leaf: Four Recharging Stops Needed to Go 180 Miles

    01/03/2012 11:21:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Consumer Reports has painted an ugly picture of the Nissan Leaf, as did an early enthusiast based in Los Angeles, who described his frustrations with the heavily subsidized, all-electric car in a recent column. Now comes what must be the definitive example of the Leaf’s impracticality – this time from a (still) hard-core advocate, whose 180-mile Tennessee trek to visit family over the holidays required four lengthy stops to keep the vehicle moving. Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, set out from Knoxville on Monday with his wife and son, headed for the Nashville...
  • Chevy Volt Gets "Worst Product" Award

    01/03/2012 10:28:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors' much-hyped Chevy Volt has yet another distinction to add to its long list of commendations. We had all heard repeatedly about Motor Trends' Car of the Year award, Consumer Reports' recommendation and Jay Leno's love affair with the car, but the Volt now gets a less publicized, more deserved distinction from Yahoo Finance's 24/7 Wall Street site. The Volt has made the list of "The Worst Product Flops of 2011" and apologists for the vehicle are sure to, once again, attack the credibility of those issuing the opinion. The Obama Administrations' favorite car has had a rough...
  • Time to End $7,500 Electric Car Tax Credit

    12/28/2011 9:37:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 28, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Pennsylvania Congressman, Mike Kelly, wants to end the $7,500 tax credit that affluent purchasers of electric vehicles are currently taking advantage of. The most hyped of these vehicles has been General Motors' Chevy Volt, but other plug-in cars, like Fiskers and Teslas, sell for close to $100,000 and make a strong case for Rep. Kelly's argument. Let's look past the recent Chevy Volt fires. The value of a vehicle will be determined by the consumer. It does not matter if Jay Leno and other rich purchasers say they love their Volts. The real questions are, should taxpayers be paying...