I will not support a bailout for the U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford, and what is left of Chrysler, unless provision is made to stop them from lobbying and influencing elections and public policy.
It is that simple. That is the price for public money. Without proper restraints, the automakers will continue with membership in organizations like the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for Tort Reform, and even Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). Like bankrupt (fiscally and morally) AIG, millions of dollars will be funneled into these organizations.
AIG sent $23 million to the US Chamber.
These dollars will be used to lobby Congress, purchase television ads supporting the reelection of Republicans like Norm Coleman (R-MN), and issue ads designed to elect their friends to Congress.
More often than not these ads will elect anti-choice, anti-public education, anti-gay officials at the national and state level.
It is unconscionable that if the public, you and me, take a stake in owning the automakers, that our companies, our investment, be used to advance a right wing political agenda.