General Motors: Political Ingrate

If you don’t find the following not only offensive but damned depressing, you have thicker skin than I do:

Members of Congress who voted against the auto bailout are getting campaign money from an unlikely source — General Motors, the biggest recipient of auto bailout money.

GM’s political action committee has donated $43,000 to House members who voted against the bailout in 2008, according to That’s roughly the same amount it’s given to House members who voted in favor of the bill…

The automaker’s political fund has also given $2,000 to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was a vocal opponent of the bailout and prevented a bailout bill from passing in the Senate. Corker said he thought the United Auto Workers union had too much bargaining power during the bailout. Union workers booed Corker during an appearance at GM’s Tennessee plant.

GM has made three separate $10,000 donations to individual candidates this year. Two of those candidates, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted against the bailout. The third, Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.) voted in favor. Camp is the chairman of the Ways and Means committee.

GM said its donations are consistent with its business strategy.

Apparently it is lost on the brilliant honchos at GM that if it were up to Republicans, they wouldn’t have a business to strategize about. Man, oh man.

The final blow:

GM’s campaign donations are heavily weighted in favor of Republicans. During this campaign cycle, it has donated $62,500 to Republicans and $34,300 to Democrats.

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