Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2009]
The feds organized their "Automotive Task Force" to fix Chrysler and GM. Obama, in an act that is 100% unconstitutional, appointed a guy named Steve Rattner to be the White House's official Car Czar — literally, that's what his title is. Rattner is the liaison between Obama, Chrysler, and GM.
Initially, the national media reported that Chrysler had made this list of dealerships. That is not true. The Washington Examiner, Newsmax, Fox New and a host of other news agencies discovered that the list of dealerships was put together by the "Automotive Task Force" headed by no one other then
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Origins: The piece referenced above is an e-mail circulated version of a
Chrysler announced as far back as February 2008, long before Barack Obama became president, that it was planning to reduce "the number of unprofitable dealers operating in close proximity to one
However, those who actually analyzed the data (rather than making assumptions based on superficial appearances) found that there was no evidence Republican donor-owned dealerships had been disproportionately targeted for closure (or that Democratic donor-owned dealerships had disproportionately survived the culling process). The list of Chrysler dealerships to be closed simply included many more Republican donors than Democratic donors because far more car dealerships were owned by the former:
Overall, 88 percent of the [political] contributions from car dealers went to Republican candidates and just
There's no conspiracy here, folks — just some bad math.
It shouldn't be any surprise, by the way, that car dealers tend to
Conservative bloggers insist that dealer owners who contributed to Republican candidates were disproportionately targeted for closure, with the White House Auto Task Force calling the shots. But a review of Federal Election Commission records reveals a different story.
In Macomb County, three dealerships were closed in the Chrysler bankruptcy process and seven were saved. The FEC records show no noticeable difference in the political leanings of the owners of the 10 businesses.
The FEC records show a consistent pattern. The surviving dealers donated to Republican Michael Bouchard's 2006 Senate campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican National Committee, the Michigan Republican Party, [Republican senator Spence] Abraham and [GOP Rep. Candice] Miller.
A[n] editorial by The Washington Examiner indicated that a number of Chrysler dealerships across the nation slated for closure are owned by people who have donated to Republican candidates or Democrats who opposed President Obama in the 2008 primaries, such as Hillary Clinton.
But it appears the flaw in the premise is that most dealer owners prefer GOP candidates, not just those owners who are targeted by Chrysler's 25 percent reduction in dealerships.
According to the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, the National Auto Dealers Association membership gives
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that the list of dealerships marked for extinction was crafted by Chrysler executives, not the Auto Task Force.
Selweski, Chad. "Documents Show Chrysler Dealership Closings Were Not Politically Motivated." The Macomb Daily. 30 May 2009. Silver, Nate. "News Flash: Car Dealers are Republicans (It's Called a Control Group, People)." FiveThirtyEight. 27 May 2009. Tapscott, Mark. "Furor Grows Over Partisan Car Dealer Closings." The [Washington] Examiner. 27 May 2009. "Conservative Bloggers Charge Obama's Auto Task Force Playing Politics on Chrysler Closings." FOXNews.com. 28 May 2009.