May 27, 2009

Color Me Unsurprised

Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?
To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates. While this isn't an exhaustive review, it does have some ominous implications if it can be verified.

...all were opponents of Barack Obama, most through sponsorship of GOP candidates and organizations, but a handful through Barack's Democrat rivals (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in 2008, for example).

Yet major Democrat donors with Chrysler dealerships went untouched, and indeed have had competition eliminated.

Hope! Change! HopeChange™!

MORE: "Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., a businessman who has owned car dealerships since 1992, learned Thursday that his Venice, Fla., Dodge dealership was among those scheduled to be terminated....Buchanan's dealership is the first listed on the court document specifying the dealerships scheduled for closure."

Just a coincidence, I'm sure. It's not like anyone in the admin would put an opposition Congressman at the top of their "crush and destroy" list. Right?

Curiouser and curiouser: White House "car czar" Steven Rattner is married to Maureen White, the former national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The criteria for deciding which dealerships would be closed have still not been released.

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