Rep. Marsha Blackburn calls for investigation into 2011 Gibson guitar plant raids

Rep. Marsha BlackburnIn light of the series of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on President Obama Wednesday to give a full explanation behind the 2011 raids on the Gibson Guitar Corp. in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

The Congresswoman, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and several of her colleagues on the committee sent a letter to the Departments of Justice and the Interior Wednesday requesting answers on why the government specifically went after the guitar company.

In her statement, Blackburn said:

“The recent scandals surrounding this administration raise a number of questions about who they choose to target and why. The arrogance and lack of transparency displayed by this President and his cabinet officials in events such as the raids on Gibson Guitar and the IRS targeting of conservative groups show a complete disregard for the rule of law.

“It is clear that this administration made a choice to use excessive regulatory methods to intimidate conservative groups and individuals who disagree with their political ideology. Not only is this wrong, but it is illegal. No one should have to live in fear of their government. President Obama owes the American people a full explanation as to why these decisions were made, and anyone responsible for plotting these politically motivated attacks should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Investigators involved in the raids alleged at the time that the guitar company had violated the Lacey Act, a federal law restricting the importation of endangered plants and animals, by acquiring finished wood products for its guitars from India and Madagascar.

The raids on the guitar company’s Tennessee plants gained national attention two years ago when it was revealed that the company’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, was a big-time Republican donor who contributed to the campaigns of Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), among others. Many conservative activists believed that Gibson had been targeted for political reasons, and even held a rally in Nashville in October 2011 in support of Juszkiewicz and the company.

Gibson Guitar Corp. ended up paying a $300,000 fine in August 2012 to avoid criminal charges over violation of the Lacey Act.

Last week, Investor’s Business Daily published an editorial suggesting that Juszkiewicz’s Republican leanings had prompted the raids, noting that the owner of one of Gibson’s largest competitors, Chris Martin IV of C.F. Martin & Co.,  is a major Democratic donor that uses the same imported wood for its guitars yet that company wasn’t raided for violation of the Lacey Act.

“Now the Gibson Guitar raids make sense,” the paper opined.

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4 Responses to “Rep. Marsha Blackburn calls for investigation into 2011 Gibson guitar plant raids”

  1. sda53 says:

    We need our state representative to set up a way for us to pay all tax money to our states and cut Washington off. They only care about our money not justice. IRS, Fed, obamacare all need to be shut down. They can not exist without we the people. All government created entities need to be done away with as they have all turned into too much power and abuse to fund the corrupt. We need our State Representatives to come up with a plan to save us from this corrupt takeover.PLEASE! obama murdered Americans to cover up his gun running and has no plans of being held accountable. Now he is spreading rumors about the deceased victims like any of that matters. HE MURDERED AMERICANS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED! Help us……….

    • Roger says:

      I totally agree this Federal Gov has way way over reached it’s constitutional limitations its the 600 lb gorilla’s that is now consuming everything it wants , Or tries to stand in its way I have lots of past relatives who fought and died for states rights that the feds started to take from the stats in 1859 through 1861 when the starts started to fight back..

      As for Gibson that was a hit job for the fact they are non-unionized and Obama was getting Pressure from the Unions to fix the problem .. This IRS deal is his Nixon Watergate /Waterloo (:
      Yes I think all states should be right to work stats so as to not have to pay union dues to this sort I worked Union for 3 yrs then I got smart , got out and started getting paid for what I was worth not the lazy Fat arse setting on a tool box all day talking . this one gets a desk he is the boss (:
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/29/embarassing-photos-surface-of-union-boss-allegedly-asleep-on-the-job/

  2. Roger says:

    Hey I also meant to mention that Obama sent his entire war chest against Gibson not just the IRS but the EPA and the Dept. of Labor as I recall it the EPA came down on them for using some wood that had been curing for yrs and they found out it was all legal wood from some country and all the taxes and duties and import and export had been paid then the Labor dept and one other Fed Agency I can’t recall now May have been the ICC ..This guy is crooked as hell and He and Shulman where thick as thieves and water seeks its own level and this will all come out over the next yr. took several yrs to get old Tricky Dick Nixon (: and I voted for him , it was my 1st time old enough to vote (21 then) and honest and happy enough to see him go also as any one who can lie barefaced like this should never have their finger on the button..I’ll never back or support a liar ..

  3. Andrew says:

    Wait a sec. Gibson paid a fine of $300k “without admitting guilt”. Classic plea bargain structure. “Gibson has acknowledged that it failed to act on information that the Madagascar ebony it was purchasing may have violated laws intended to limit overharvesting and conserve valuable species,” said Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno, with the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Yep, sounds like a totally political witch hunt….NOT!

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