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Made in the USA Foundation Files FTC Complaints Against Chrysler and Ford for Misleading Ads

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The Made in the USA Foundation has filed two complaints with the Federal Trade Commission against U.S. auto manufacturers (Ford and Chrysler) for misleading ads, claiming certain vehicles were made in the United States when they were actually imported.

The Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Chrysler Corporation for its television and print ads for the Chrysler 300.  The tagline of the ad states, “Imported from Detroit.”  Joel D. Joseph, general counsel to the Foundation said, “The ads are clever, but they are false.  The Chrysler 300 is made in Canada.  The Chrysler 300 is assembled in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and often includes a Mexican-made engine.  Last time I checked, Detroit is not in Canada.  Chrysler is flat wrong to imply the Chrysler 300 is made in the United States and we have asked the FTC to order corrective advertising.”

The complaint against Ford is for a radio advertisement for the Ford Fusion.  The ad states that the Fusion is an American car.  Joseph said, ” The Fusion is made in Mexico, and is not an American car.  The Ford ad misleads and confuses the public and we have asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the ads.”

The Made in the USA Foundation has also alleged that Chrysler and Ford have stripped country-of-origin information off of these and other cars at the New York, Washington, Detroit and Los Angeles Auto Shows.  Joseph said, “Chrysler and Ford are intentionally misleading consumers by implying all of their vehicles are Made in the USA, when they are not.  To add to their wrongdoing Chrysler and Ford have removed country of origin labels from their car windows at auto shows where millions of consumers get their first look at many new cars.”

The Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 and dedicated to promoting American-made products.  Although its initial funding was provided the Ford Motor Company, the Foundation will object when Ford violates the law.

Supreme Court Overrules Political Spending Limits

Ever since the Supreme Court decided to allow corporations to spend money on political advertising, liberals and extremists have been in an uproar.   Ralph Nader is threatening to change the first amendment and the President wants new legislation to counter the court finding (that’s not Constitutional Mr. President, you’ll have to amend the constitution … checks and balances sir).  The Supreme Court decision will most-likely end up changing… absolutely nothing.

Large corporations have used 527 funds to funnel money to campaigns ever since soft-money became regulated.  Now they can just be open about who their supporting… wait… what?  That’s right, a public corporation would have to be totally transparent about buying a television advertisement for “candidate A”  to their stock holders and board members.  It’s more likely that they’ll use the money for business operations as the alignment to a candidate will alienate some set of customers.

As is most of liberal politics, this is much ado about nothing.  To Obama and Schummer I say, “I think thou doth protest too much”. This isn’t about direct campaign contributions, it’s about the right of everyone to produce and publicize their views in commercials and/or documentaries.

Only liberals could believe that voters are all so stupid that we do whatever we’re told by the television.  We see commercials, but we have ideals, morals, principals.  We vote our conscience, not because of some slick commercial.

Why are they so worried?  The news media corporations are already allowed to use their access to the public to influence things, why not the rest of corporate America?  They aren’t.  This is a diversionary tactic.  They need the media to stop talking about Scott Brown.  Liberals need us to stop paying attention to the fact that Obamacare and cap and trade are drowning in reality.  Talking about something that just doesn’t really matter is much better for the left than discussing all the critical issues that they have failed to do anything on.

The CEO of Kraft isn’t going to get his best friend elected to the Senate by spending millions on advertising.  Buffet isn’t going to get Obama re-elected by spending his companies money on info-mercials.  Corporations aren’t going to be able to buy a candidacy because we aren’t controlled by advertising.  Most of us just fast-forward the DVR right past those ads anyway.