Haslam Family Biz Investigated

[UPDATE]:

Pilot Flying J has issued a completey useless BS statement, which they call FAQs. And they are hilarious. I’m not sure

Was it necessary to conduct a “raid”?

and,

Was this politically motivated?

… are really the most Frequently Asked Questions in this case, but whatever. Also, the question

Is it a “criminal” investigation?

… can now be answered in the affirmative, according to CEO Jimmy Haslam’s press conference, which is in progress. Apparently the issue is rebates to some customers.

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First: I’ve got nothing to say on the Boston bombings. I’m thinking plenty, but speculation is pointless and counterproductive. I am, once again, in awe at the good we see in people when tragedy strikes. Our first responders rushing in to harm’s way, not knowing what awaits them … ordinary folks helping the injured … we pull together, and we make it through. Boston, my prayers are with you.

On to other news. Yesterday, around the same time as the news out of Boston broke, we heard that the Knoxville offices of Pilot Flying J were raided by the FBI and IRS. Flying J is the national chain of truck stops and convenience stores owned by Gov. Bill Haslam’s family; his brother, Jimmy, is its CEO.

From the story:

In April 2009, Pilot settled a price-gouging suit brought by Tennessee attorney general. Pilot settled similiar suits in Georgia and Kentucky.

Good to know. We still don’t know what this raid is about, however. Also of interest:

The Haslams have carefully guarded details about the size of their fortune. Gov. Haslam has refused to release his tax returns or how much of Pilot he still owns, saying the information could violate the privacy of other owners.

Haslam did make his success in business a selling point of his 2010 campaign for governor.

See how that works? Haslam wants all the credit for being a successful businessman, without revealing any details of said business. It’s more of this “just trust me!” crap we get from Republicans. Trust has to be earned, governor.

I didn’t want this story to get lost amid all of the other news today. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

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11 responses to “Haslam Family Biz Investigated

  1. Mary Wilson

    Yes, Ma’am, there is a huge potential story here, aside from the fact that the Haslams have been grooming Bill for the Presidency. Interesting is that the FBI and the IRS both arrived at their headquarters at the SAME TIME and locked the doors. So you are so correct in mentioning Bill’s secrecy (sort of line Romney) about his family fortune…one quote yesterday estimated that the amount of $18+ Billion would be an accurate figure…Hell, if that is true, Bill could donate the $1.3 Billion to expand TennCare…now that would make amends, at least for 300,000 TN Voters!

  2. You gotta love Tennessee. We’ve got ALLTHE RWNJs trying to tell US how to live, taking OUR freedoms ( their word) away……but DO NOT question THEIR lives, money, tax returns….or religion…..

  3. I ‘m liking the news about Gov. Haslam.
    Boston Marathon …. what can I say? My tears have not dried up yet for the newtown kids…. and here’s another one. The humanity of it all.

    • …and the bad thing?

      Everyone at FoxNoise is giving thanks to Jayzus for this bombing, because NOW THEY CAN DROWN OUT ALL THOSE STOOPID NEWTOWN ANTI-FREEDOM WHINERS!!!!!!1111one…

      ~~~>X[

  4. deep

    On to other news. Yesterday, around the same time as the news out of Boston broke, we heard that the Knoxville offices of Pilot Flying J were raided by the FBI and IRS.

    Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed #Boston marathon – but this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag

    Coincidence? I think not!!!!!!!!!!11ONEeleven

  5. deep

    LOL, you can never tell where these conspiracy theories begin or end, huh?

  6. Min

    Someone tried to explain the Pilot situation as an example of creating a hedge fund with fuel costs, but I lack the background to really comprehend it.

  7. kosh III

    It’s more of this “just trust me!” crap we get from Republicans.
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    I trust them: to lie, to do the opposite of what they say, to yammer about gun rights while denying gay citizens the right to live. I trust them to do what is good for themselves and their corporatist buddies–to the detriment of the rest of us.
    I trust them to not really give a frak about the public good.

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