It is unimportant who or what GM donates to, but the reality is that it is essentially a taxpayer entity and this sets the precedent for the government donating to itself, on its behalf or to groups that it favors or furthers its agenda. Furthermore, there are many taxpayers, now owners of GM, that may be opposed to where some of these dollars are going. Additionally, these taxpayers find themselves without a say in the matter even though it is technically their taxpayer dollars are supporting GM. Where is the outrage?
We are getting in to murky ethical ground here. If GM were a privately held or publicly traded company not attached in any way to the government teat, then no one has a right to say anything about where they send company money, with the exception of share or stake holders. Until all the connections to the taxpayer and government are severed GM should be using whatever money it makes to actually pay off what it owes the American people and also invest in itself. Congress should step up to the plate and ban any donations of money from TARP entities until they can stand on their own business footing and are truly free and clear of TARP. I can’t fathom why there are no rules about this, but I guess the equation must be political donations good, pay for performance bad, remember the “Pay Czar”.