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Gun Maker Supporting Rahm Emanuel, While Emanuel Demands Banks Stop Supporting Gun Makers

Chicago Daily Observer 25 January 2013 2 Comments

Emanuel To Banks: Stop Supporting Gun Makers

However Rahm Emanuel seems to enjoy the support of some very big gun-makers, who write him checks for his campaign.

The Illinois Observer notes the New Chicago Committee

Emanuel Political Operation Re-branded – While Emanuel was visiting the sewer site on Friday, Lynn Lockwood, a Chicago Library Board member and chair of the mayor’s political operation, “New Chicago Committee”, which pipes in the mayor’s political money from top donors such as Fred Eychaner, James Crown, Craig Duchossois among many others, was changing the group’s name with the Illinois Board of Elections to: “The Chicago Committee”. There ya go.

Who is this James Crown supporting Rahm Emanuel?

Here he is on the Board of Directors of General Dynamics, one of the world’s largest weapon makers, where he is described as

James S. Crown, 56, to serve as lead director. Crown’s service as lead director will begin on May 5, 2010. He is the board’s first lead director, filling a position that was created in February.

Crown is the longest-serving member of the General Dynamics’ board, having been a director since 1987. He is president of Henry Crown and Company of Chicago, Ill. He also serves as a director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Sara Lee Corporation.


General Dynamics makes a whole catalog of weapons, including the M2HB pictured.



And he is a long time political donor to Rahm Emanuel, and other Democrats (and a few Republicans too).


  • Dan Malouf said:

    This is not news, or newsworthy. There’s a world of difference, politically speaking, between weapon makers (such as General Dynamics) who sell only weapons to the military, such as the pictured M2 machine gun, and weapon makers (such as Ruger, Smith & Wesson, etc) who sell small arms to the general public. Somebody at the Tribune is desperate to make a story. Nothing to see here.

  • John Powers said:


    1)This isn’t the Tribune, it’s the Chicago Daily Observer. We’ll cover what we want, and determine what we think is newsworthy. Feel free to write the Tribune and scold them for our story as you see fit.

    2) You don’t think that Military Grade weapons ever get into the wrong hands? That might come as some surprise to all the owners of AK-47’s and so forth that were originally made for the military.

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