Campaign 2010

Oct 04, 2010

Millionaire Used Car Salesman Rigell Should Give Back The Cash-for-Clunkers Money He Now Resents

Millionaire used-car salesman Scott Rigell had the audacity to tell a Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce group this past week that he ‘resents’ the government for putting him in the ‘awkward situation’ of having to take over $440,000 in taxpayer dollars from the “Cash for Clunkers” program. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee demanded that Rigell return the funds that he ‘resented’ receiving. Rigell’s company chose to participate and actively advertised in support of using the Cash-for-Clunkers program.

 “Millionaire used-car salesman Scott Rigell might think it’s merely awkward for taxpayers to bailout his businesses while he campaigns against the very funds he profited from, but the only thing the people of the 2nd district find awkward is how out-of-touch he is,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If Scott Rigell really resented that program and the nearly half-million-dollars he raked in from it, then it’s long past time for him to give back. The last thing we need in Congress is a millionaire used-car salesman who can’t be trusted and is only out for himself.”

Last week, the Democratic Party of Virginia released a web video highlighting Rigell’s hypocrisy for campaigning against the Economic Recovery Act while gladly receiving nearly half-million-dollars from the stimulus-like “Cash for Clunkers” program.

Background

Scott Rigell is the founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive in Virginia Beach.  Freedom Automotive includes Freedom Ford in Norfolk, Freedom Lincoln Mercury in Chesapeake, and Freedom Volvo in Virginia Beach.   [The Virginian-Pilot, 1/24/09; ScottRigell.com; FreedomAutomotive.com]

Scott Rigell’s Freedom Automotive dealerships benefited from the “Cash for Clunkers” program, invoicing the government for over $440,000.  [Department of Transportation]

Rigell’s company advertised as an “authorized dealer” for the Cash-for-Clunkers program. On August 5, 2009, Freedom Volvo placed an ad in the Virginian-Pilot touting their status as an “Authorized ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Dealer.” [Virginian-Pilot, 8/5/09; Daily Press, 5/27/10]