Wisconsin Car Dealers Who Supported Scott Walker, Should You Now Support Them?


Notice to state workers, public employees, and friends of labor.

Should our consumer dollars support  car companies that gave huge amounts of campaign cash to Scott Walker when he ran for governor?  Should we not now expect, given the union busting bill that Walker has proposed, that these same car companies publicly call on Walker to stop the harm he is doing to workers?

Where will you spend your dollars?  With those who supported Scott Walker?

Darrow family at Russ Darrow Group auto dealers (the Darrow family also owns J. D. Byrider car franchises) gave over $6,000 to Walker. 

 Contact Russ Darrow   1-888-840-1680

See  Russ Darrow contributions to Scott Walker. 
 
Bergstrom family at Bergstrom car dealerships gave over $4,000 to Walker.

Contact Bergstrom.   608-271-2211

See  Bergstrom  report on Scott Walker money.
 

Jon Lancaster Jon Lancaster gave $5,000.   Contact Jon Lancaster.   608-843-8941

See Jon Lancaster report on money Scott Walker.

 
John Zimbrick of Zimbrick Inc. gave $300.  Contact Zimbrick and tell them you are are not pleased with their actions.

 See  Zimbrick report on money Scott Walker. 

David and Robert Hudson of Middleton Ford – $250 each 1-888-221-4966.  See the campaign reports here.

30 thoughts on “Wisconsin Car Dealers Who Supported Scott Walker, Should You Now Support Them?

  1. ReasonableCitizen

    I am not a huge fan of going after the supporters of an elected official. It always looks like punishment to me.
    Economic protests have value when a company shows a wanton disregard for the law or when a company demonstrates an unseemly behavior towards employees or the public-at-large.
    To punish a person for fulfilling their role in a democracy by voting for, and supporting, the candidate of their choice appears to be a wrong and an immoral approach.

  2. Ray Durr

    I think organizing a buycott of all those businesses that supported the union agenda would be very appropriate. We should only spend our discreationary money where it is appreciated and not used against us in political campaigns.

  3. CommonCents

    ReasonableCitizen says that he is not a “huge fan of going after the supporters of an elected official” that “It always looks like punishment to” him. And, that “Economic protests have value when a company shows a wanton disregard for the law or when a company demonstrates an unseemly behavior towards employees or the public-at-large. To punish a person for fulfilling their role in a democracy by voting for, and supporting, the candidate of their choice appears to be a wrong and an immoral approach.” First, corporations give to candidates to buy influence and many often give to both sides for that purpose. Now some groups, like WATDA http://www.watda.org/E-com/Updates/2011/Alert_Campaign_giving_2-15-11.htm are trying to fend off critics by saying they support both sides. But, it is clear from statements made by Russ Darrow http://www.channel3000.com/news/26357116/detail.html and actions already taken by Scott Walker on behalf of John Bergstrom http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/green_bay/wisconsin-governor-scott-walker-proposes-wetland-parcel-exemption-for-bergstrom-development that the big boys at WATDA are strongly with Governor Walker. Yes, these business people have a right to support candidates of their choice and I have a choice of not giving them my business to help fund their contributions to anti-labor politicians.

  4. Mark Chandler

    Gordy Boucher (Ford and Lincoln Dealerships) $3100 contributions to Scott Walker. Presumably, most of the auto dealers – probably most business owners, contributed to Walker campaign. He is “pro-business” after all. Too bad these business owners don’t realize that their customers are mostly not business owners. They are workers – private and public – and their wages and rights have stagnated for decades. Whether Tea Party or Union Member, these rich contributors are walking all over you and laughing while you fight amongst yourselves. Laughing all the way to the bank – the same rich banks that you workers bailed out two years ago.

  5. Lynn Freeman

    Hey dekerivers: Like your blog.

    Is there a reason you haven’t listed Kwik Trip among the business who support Walker? They gave many thousands of dollars to his campaign. Here is their contact us site:

    http://www.kwiktrip.com/AboutUs/Contactus/

    Kwik Trip is located in LaCrosse, WI, making it a WI based company. Shame on them, seriously!

  6. Lynn,

    You are right about Quik Trip….I will try to get something up this week.

    No reason other than I am crushed with too much to do here with this story.

    I do appreacite you comment.

  7. anysia

    can you list some more so that i know who i WILL be supporting?! thansk for letting me know that these businesses may actually give a crap about the middle class!

    if you’d like, i’d love to see an article on who supported any democrats in the recent races so i know which places i’d like to avoid frequenting…..

  8. Richard

    I love it all the dealers you are talking about sell union made cars hey if I were you I would just not buy them oh and get this my tax dollars are being sent through your pay check to SEIU who openly supports communist you have got to be kidding and you call your selves American and don’t say you dont the signs are in the protest it’s sick I was part of labor union as well as opperators in California for over 10 years worked for Hood Corporation ( private sector)look it up I have bought union for last 30 years I have made a decision not to buy anouther union product as long as the private sector unions support you its one thing to get a fair shake it’s anouther to steal poor people’s money to support this it’s fine if you have a big company like Cat that has it & can justify it but you guy’s are taking money from working single Moms making 20 30 40,000 a year, poor people in low income area’s that have to pay more taxes to support what they would say is a lavish lifestyle that will not let her in because she is not connected forgetaboutit. as your boss would say.

  9. Badger Babe

    It would be more effective to focus on the real enemies — the Koch Brothers and what THEY’RE doing. Why would it surprise anyone Russ Darrow has given money to Walker? As for the Metcalfes, their father was a GOP mayor of Monona — again, no surprise where they give their money. It shouldn’t be a surprise businesses want to make money. But they’ll be hurt soon enough when Walker puts all union and govt. workers on the unemployment line. Maybe the Koch Brothers will have money to keep their Fellow Travelers going.

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