GM’s Political Contributions

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General Motors Campaign Contributions 2010
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $5,000
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) $2,000
Camp, Dave (R-MI) $5,000
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $2,000
Coats, Daniel R (R-IN) $5,000
Dingell, John D (D-MI) $5,000
Kilpatrick, Carolyn Cheeks (D-MI) $1,000
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) $1,000
Peters, Gary (D-MI) $2,000
Portman, Rob (R-OH) $5,000
Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $5,000
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) $5,000
Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $1,000

General Motors has contributed $44,000 to federal political candidates through its political action committee despite the federal government owning a majority stake in the company, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The political action committee contributed to eight Democrats and five Republicans. Most of the candidates hail from states with high GM employment–Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio. The candidates also include Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican Minority Whip who would become the Majority Leader if Republicans capture the House in the November elections.

Only 19 GM employees contributed to the political action committee this cycle. The biggest contributors include GM lobbyist Kenneth Cole ($5,535), former GM CEO Fritz Henderson ($4,920), Vice President of Global Design Edward Welburn ($7,790), Vice President of Global Operations Ray Young, Vice President of Global Engineering James Queen ($3,744) and General Counsel Robert Osborne ($3,075).

(Link back to post about GM’s resumption of political contributing.)

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  • Dixon Dudderar

    Amazing that GM, which up until recently, was mostly owned by you and me, the American Taxpayer, was giving OUR MONEY to political candidates? And this was OK with our “representatives” in Congress (read political candidates) who OK’d the GM bailout? I wasn’t against the bailout, but I might be now … This is almost like a kickback? Amazing? Sounds almost like the amost-secret earmarks, during the Bush Administration, that funneled cash to companies, in some cases, that only had a post office box, an address and an almost-vacant building — and then some of that money came right back to the politician who steered the cash. How are those investigations going?

  • To support one of the most corrupt members of Congress, Roy Blunt, to the tune of $5000.00, makes me wonder at the integrity of General Motors. Surely, there was better use you could have made of the money.