WND reviewed the list of Chrysler’s 789 closing franchises and databases of political donors and found that of dealership owners making contributions in the recent election, less than 10 percent gifted to Democrats while 90 percent gave substantial sums to Republican candidates.

The following dealers are scheduled to lose their Chrysler franchise designation. Based on available records and databases, each of them contributed to political campaigns during the 2008 election.

Many of the dealers who donated to Republican campaigns last year also contributed additional thousands to George W. Bush’s presidential 2004 campaign and to campaigns to elect GOP representatives. Those donations are not included in this list.

The listed franchise owners contributed at least $450,000 to Republican presidential candidates and the GOP in the recent election while only $7,970 was donated to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign and $2,200 was given to Sen. John Edwards’ campaign.

Of all political contributions from dealers on the list of closing facilities, President Obama received a combined total of only $450 toward his election.

Dealers who contributed to GOP and candidates in recent election

Rep. Vernon G Buchanan, dealership in Venice, Fla. – contributed $2,300 to John McCain in 2008 and $147,450 to GOP candidates and organizations since 2007.

Michael Maroone, dealership in FT. Lauderdale, Fla. – contributed $20,000 to Florida Republican Party, $12,700 to the RNC, $2,300 to Mitt Romney

Stephen Fay and family, dealership in Charlottesville, Va. – contributed $6,000 to RNC, $2,000 to John McCain

Robert Rohrman, dealership in Lafayette, Ind. – contributed $2,300 to John McCain and $740 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Charles Nash, dealership in San Marcos, Texas – contributed $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani

Larry Crain, dealership in Little Rock, Ark. – contributed $4,600 to John McCain, $4,600 to Mike Huckabee and $207 to the Arkansas Democratic Party

Jay Park, dealership in Beachwood, Ohio – contributed $2,300 to Mike Huckabee

Charles Gabus, dealership in Des Moines, Iowa – contributed $9,000 to Republican Party of Iowa, $6,000 to the Republican National Committee and $2,000 to Mitt Romney

John D. Stewart, dealership in Minot, N.D. – contributed $1,000 to North Dakota Republican Party and $2,300 to John McCain

William and Amy Ruth Churchill, dealership in Fort Worth, Texas – contributed $2,000 to Republican Party of Texas

Thomas Ganley, dealership in Lakewood, Ohio – contributed $250 to John McCain

Harry Green, dealership in Clarksburg, W.Va. – contributed $1,000 to John McCain and $225 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Franklin Jarrett, dealership in Hatboro, Pa., – contributed $2,850 to John McCain and $200 to the RNC

Frank Pearson, dealership in Midlothian, Va. – contributed $2,100 to Rudy Giuliani

Richard Kempthorn, dealership in Canton, Ohio – contributed $1,000 to Stark County Republican Party

Richard Kern, dealership in Winchester, Va., – contributed $2,701 to John McCain and $5,700 to RNC

Gerald Leglue, dealership in Alexandria, La. – contributed $3,055 to John McCain and $7,320 to the RNC

William Timmermeister, dealership in Lima, Ohio – contributed $3,000 to Ohio Republican Party, $2,400 to John McCain, $1,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee and $1,000 to the RNC

Dennis Petrisak, dealership in Rochester, N.Y. – contributed $500 to John McCain and $400 to Rudy Giuliani

William M. Martin, dealership in Saginaw, Mich., – contributed $250 to Republican National Committee

Herbert Yardley, dealership in Plantation, Fla. – contributed $2,000 to Fred Thompson

Wendell Miller, dealership in Vestal, N.Y. – contributed $1,270 to the RNC

Charles Obaugh, dealership in Staunton, Va. – contributed $1,500 to John McCain, $500 to National Republican Senatorial Committee and $500 to the RNC

Paul Obaugh, dealership in Staunton, Va. – contributed $1,500 to John McCain, $250 to RNC and $250 to Virginia GOP

John Soares, dealership in Billings, Mt. – contributed $500 to Mitt Romney

Bruce Rothrock, dealership in Allentown, Pa. – contributed $300 to John McCain

Frank Stinson, dealership in Shreveport, La. – contributed $2,300 to John McCain

William J. Pratt, dealership in Nashville, Tenn. – contributed $1,000 to Mike Huckabee

Carlos Planas, dealership in Miami, Fla. – contributed $500 to Mike Huckabee

Roger Penske, dealership in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – contributed $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani and $15,000 to the RNC

Christine Van Burkleo, dealership in McAllen, Texas – contributed $1,000 to John McCain

Larry Miles, dealership in Lajunta, Colo. – contributed $300 to RNC

Robert Dance, dealership in Sanford, Fla. – contributed $2,800 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Wallace D. Alley Jr. and Martin Alley, dealership in Kingsport, Tenn. – contributed $500 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Robert Archer and family, dealership in Houston, Texas – contributed $1,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee and $500 to Americans for a Republican Majority

Homer and Vinson Higginbotham, dealership in Abilene, Texas, – contributed $950 to National Republican Congressional Committee and $500 to the RNC

William Numrich, dealership in Pittsburgh, Pa. – contributed $1,400 to RNC

Ralph and Carolyn Bennett, dealership in Salina Kansas – contributed $300 to John McCain

Frank, Victoria and Gordia Boucher, dealership in Greenfield, Wis. – contributed $2,200 to Wisconsin Republican Party and $250 to the Republican National Committee

Scott Bossier, dealership in Waxahachie, Texas – contributed $500 to Mike Huckabee, $300 to RNC and $250 to John McCain

Russ Darrow and family, dealership in Menomonee Falls, Wis. – contributed $19,000 to RNC, $6,029 to Wisconsin Republican Party, $2,300 to John McCain and $1,000 to Rudy Giuliani

Don Hill and family, dealership in Kingsport, Tenn. – contributed $1,000 to RNC; $950 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Walter Downer Jr., dealership in Elmer, N.J. – contributed $300 to the RNC

Eddie Cordes, dealership in Lawton, Okla. – contributed $1,650 to RNC and $500 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Robert Edwards, dealership in Walhalla, S.C. – contributed $300 to South Carolina Republican Party

Arthur Grayson, dealership in Knoxville, Tenn. – contributed $3,200 to the RNC

Eric Grubbs and family, dealership in Bedford, Texas – contributed $11,500 to Mike Huckabee, $4,600 to Rudy Giuliani, $6,500 to Texas Republican Congressional Committee, $1,085 to the RNC and $500 to National Republican Congressional Committee

Ray Huffines and family, dealership in Denton, Texas, – contributed $4,600 to Mike Huckabee and $1,000 to John McCain

James Marsh, dealership in Las Vegas, Nev. – contributed $2,600 to Nevada Republican Central Committee, $500 to Mitt Romney and $500 to John McCain

John Hine, dealership in San Diego, Calif. – contributed $500 to Mitt Romney

Max Pearson and family, dealership in Midlothian, Va. – contributed $18,000 to National Republican Senatorial Committee, $6,900 to RNC, $6,900 to John McCain, $3,600 to Virginia Republican Party and $1,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee

John Medved, dealership in Wheat Ridge, Colo. – contributed $5,000 to the RNC

Robert Helphenstine, dealership in Gainesville, Fla. – contributed $500 to the RNC

Mark Heywood, LeMans, Iowa – contributed $1,000 to the RNC

Mark Hendren, dealership in Neosho, Mo. – contributed $500 to John McCain

Patrick Painter and family, dealership in Nephi, Utah – contributed $5,000 to Mitt Romney and $560 to Utah GOP


Dealers who contributed to Democratic Party and candidates in recent election

Robert Carver, dealership in Mena, Ariz. – contributed $1,950 to Hillary Clinton; $1,000 to Arkansas Democratic Party; $200 to Democrat Senate Committee

Ethel Cook, dealership in Little Rock, Ark. – contributed $1,720 to Hillary Clinton

Sidney Doboer, dealership in Colorado Springs, Colo. – contributed $2,300 to Hillary Clinton

J. Fitzgerald, dealership in Kensington, Md. – contributed $4,600 to John McCain and $2,000 to Hillary Clinton

Stanley Graff, dealership in McKinney, Texas – contributed $2,200 to John Edwards and $500 to Dallas County Republican Party

Jeffrey Hunter, dealership in Waco, Texas – contributed $200 to Barack Obama

Jane and Stephen Baldock, dealership in Wenatchee, Wash. – contributed $250 to Barack Obama

*Blogger Doug Ross also provides a partial list of Chrysler dealership owners and their contributions through the years – many extending beyond the recent election.


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