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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Giving TCF Bank the Heave Ho - - Bank Transfer Day


"Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will ALWAYS remember the 5th of November!! If the 99% removes our funds from the major banking institutions on or by this date, we will send a clear message and give the 1% a taste of the fear that we experience every day when we aren't able to pay for our rent, food, medication, utilities, student loans, etc."

Move Your Money Mondays    
This was mentioned in a DKos diary and I think it is a great idea for those who could not get their bank transfers done by November 5th. 
Choose a Monday - any Monday - and move your money to a community bank or a credit union - where 100% of your deposit will go into helping others in the community - rather than paying obscene bankster bonuses at the end of the year.

Like some of you – once in awhile it takes me longer to do the right thing than I would like to admit.  You know how it is – you think about the pros and cons and the pros just aren’t compelling enough to make you take action – even if the cons are egregious in their very being.

The Daily Kos diary refernced in the quote above has been sitting with me since I first read the initial diary.  Since I don’t have the greatest faith in credit unions – based on the fact that over 90 percent belong to a member organization of the American Legislative Exchange Council.  I am leaning more towards favoring a small town bank.  (See my entry on credit unions and ALEC)

Is it going to be convenient – hell no.
And that’s the main “con” that has kept me from doing the right thing – procrastination can be a very nasty thing when it comes to supporting your political ideals.
But at some point in your life – you have to stick to your principles regardless of how inconvenient it is for you.

On November 5 – I will move my checking from TCF Banks and here are a few of the reasons why I encourage people to do this.

REASON #1
PowerLine
“Power Line is an American political blog, providing news and commentary from a conservative point-of-view.” (wiki)  “A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Power Line as one of the five best-read national conservative blogs. (wiki)  “It was originally written by three lawyers who attended Dartmouth College together: John H. Hinderaker, Scott W. Johnson, and Paul Mirengoff.”  (wiki)

Scott W. Johnson (born 1951) is an American lawyer, executive and a blogger at Power Line. (wiki)
He is now Senior Vice President of the TCF National Bank in Minneapolis.  “But after examining Johnson's time-dated posts, Power Line's critics on the left--including Coleman--surmised that Johnson does, in fact, blog on company time, meaning that TCF is in effect subsidizing Power Line's pro-war, neo-con agenda.”  (City Pages, 1/26/2005 – well worth the read for more insight on TCF)

REASON #2
TCF PAC Contributions
A mix of information from the last couple of years from http://www.congress.org/ and www.opensecrets.org


REPUBLICANS
DEMOCRATS
Rodney Alexander for Congress
 $      1,000.00
Bennet, Michael (D-CO)
 $    5,000.00
Bachmann, Michele (R-MN)
 $      2,500.00
Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD)
 $    2,000.00
Bachmann, Michele (R-MN)
 $    10,000.00
Ellison, Keith (D-MN)
 $    6,000.00
For Congress, Bachmann
 $      1,000.00
Ellison, Keith (D-MN)
 $    4,000.00
Bennett, Robert (R-UT)
 $      1,000.00
Johnson, Tim (D-SD)
 $    5,000.00
Biggert, Judy (R-IL)
 $         500.00
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)
 $    5,000.00
For Congress, Cravaack
 $      5,000.00
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)
 $       500.00
For Congress, Cravaack
 $      6,000.00
McCollum, Betty (D-MN)
 $    4,000.00
Coats, Daniel (R-IN)
 $      2,000.00
McCollum, Betty (D-MN)
 $    2,000.00
Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
 $      5,000.00
McCollum, Betty (D-MN)
 $    2,000.00
Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
 $      5,000.00
Moore, Gwen (D-WI)
 $       400.00
Day, Dick (R-MN)
 $      1,000.00
For Congress, Perlmutter
 $    2,000.00
Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC)
 $      1,000.00
Peters, Gary (D-MI)
 $    3,500.00
Fine, Alan (R-MN)
 $      1,000.00
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
 $    2,500.00
Grams, Rod (R-MN)
 $      5,000.00
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
 $       500.00
Hoeven, John (R-ND)
 $      2,000.00
 $    9,000.00
Kennedy, Mark (R-MN)
 $    10,000.00
Tester, Jon (D-MT)
 $    1,000.00
Kirk, Mark (R-IL)
 $      3,000.00
For Colorado, Udall
 $    1,000.00
Kline, John (R-MN)
 $      3,000.00
Walz, Tim (D-MN)
 $    5,000.00
Kline, John (R-MN)
 $      2,000.00
Walz, Tim (D-MN)
 $    5,000.00
Kline, John (R-MN)
 $      5,000.00
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie (D-FL)
 $    1,000.00
Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
 $      2,500.00
 $  66,400.00
Senate Cmte '14, McConnell
 $      5,000.00
 DEMOCRATS
McHenry, Patrick (R-NC)
 $      1,000.00
Meek, Kendrick (D-FL)
 $      1,000.00
Paulsen, Erik (R-MN)
 $      7,500.00
Paulsen, Erik (R-MN)
 $      8,000.00
For President, Pawlenty
 $      2,000.00
Rubio, Marco (R-FL)
 $      2,000.00
Sauerberg, Steve (R-IL)
 $         500.00
Steele, Michael (R-MD)
 $      1,000.00
Talent, Jim (R-MO)
 $      5,000.00
Thune, John (R-SD)
 $      8,400.00
 $  115,900.00
 REPUBLICANS



I got a hunch I’m missing something big here – cause I’m not finding enough money from the TCF PAC to right wing candidates – there’s got to be more money spent out there.  Cooper (the TCF CEO) has got to be funneling more money to the GOP through some other means.  (“Earlier this month, when TCF Financial Corporation chief Bill Cooper declared that he was yanking all of the bank's advertising from the Star Tribune, he wasted no time staking out the moral high ground.    Specifically, Cooper was irked by an end-of-the-year Strib column that attacked a local right-wing blog called Power Line.”)  (same City Pages article, 1/26/2005 – well worth the read for more insight on TCF)

TESTER - MONTANA
Ten Grand to Tester from Montana – the I’m a Democrat who just  voted against the jobs bill – Tester? 
Are you joking me?  He gets more money than the Minnesota Democrats – but maybe Tester isn’t a REAL democrat.


Reason #3
Who finances the TCF Political PAC?  Mostly VP’s from TCF.
Here’s the recap of funding for the TCF PAC In 2010.
You must need to be a Republican to get to VP level.

Contrib
Occupation
Date
 Amount
JONES, MICHAEL S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              375.00
JONES, MICHAEL S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
JONES, MICHAEL S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
JONES, MICHAEL S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
JONES, MICHAEL S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
DARIN, PETER
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/SVP
4/7/2009
 $              250.00
HENAK, WILLIAM S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              225.00
HENAK, WILLIAM S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              225.00
HENAK, WILLIAM S
TCF EQUIPMENT FINANCE/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              225.00
BROUCEK, JAMES S
TCF FINANCIAL CORP/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              600.00
BROUCEK, JAMES S
TCF FINANCIAL CORP/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
BROUCEK, JAMES S
TCF FINANCIAL CORP/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
BROUCEK, JAMES S
TCF FINANCIAL CORP/SVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
BROUCEK, JAMES S
TCF FINANCIAL CORP/SVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
COOPER, WILLIAM A
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN
3/26/2009
 $          1,000.00
JASPER, THOMAS F
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              400.00
JASPER, THOMAS F
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
JASPER, THOMAS F
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
JASPER, THOMAS F
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
JASPER, THOMAS F
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
STRATTON, EARL D
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              500.00
STRATTON, EARL D
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
STRATTON, EARL D
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
STRATTON, EARL D
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
STRATTON, EARL D
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
BROWN, NEIL W
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/PRESIDENT
6/30/2009
 $          1,000.00
BROWN, NEIL W
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/PRESIDENT
3/31/2010
 $              450.00
BROWN, NEIL W
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/PRESIDENT
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
BROWN, NEIL W
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/PRESIDENT
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
BROWN, NEIL W
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/PRESIDENT
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
KORSTANGE, JAMES E
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
6/30/2009
 $              750.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
6/30/2010
 $              600.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
3/31/2010
 $              600.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
12/31/2010
 $              400.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
9/30/2010
 $              400.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
7/19/2010
 $              200.00
PULLES, GREGORY J
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
10/25/2010
 $              200.00
WINSLOW, BARRY N
TCF FINANCIAL CORPORATION/VICE CHAI
3/12/2009
 $          2,500.00
GILBERT, CRAIG A
TCF NATIONAL BANK/AVP
4/13/2009
 $              300.00
STAUTZ, DAVID
TCF NATIONAL BANK/CORP-EVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
STAUTZ, DAVID
TCF NATIONAL BANK/CORP-EVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
BORGSTROM, ROBERT C
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
BORGSTROM, ROBERT C
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
BORGSTROM, ROBERT C
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
BORGSTROM, ROBERT C
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
CAMPOS, LUIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              525.00
CAMPOS, LUIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
CAMPOS, LUIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
CAMPOS, LUIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
CAMPOS, LUIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
DOYLE, TIMOTHY G
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              500.00
DOYLE, TIMOTHY G
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
DOYLE, TIMOTHY G
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
DOYLE, TIMOTHY G
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
DOYLE, TIMOTHY G
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
GOUDY, GREGG
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
4/7/2009
 $          1,500.00
KOON, JAMES L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
KOON, JAMES L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
KOON, JAMES L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
KOON, JAMES L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              250.00
KOON, JAMES L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
VEURINK, DAVID J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2009
 $              280.00
VEURINK, DAVID J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
3/31/2010
 $              240.00
VEURINK, DAVID J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/EVP
6/30/2010
 $              240.00
DOYLE, JOSEPH W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
DOYLE, JOSEPH W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
DOYLE, JOSEPH W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
DOYLE, JOSEPH W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
DOYLE, JOSEPH W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
ROHDE, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
6/30/2009
 $              495.00
ROHDE, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
ROHDE, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
ROHDE, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
ROHDE, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/PRESIDENT
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
CHIN, MICHAEL Y
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              210.00
CHIN, MICHAEL Y
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              210.00
CHIN, MICHAEL Y
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              210.00
DAUGHERTY, PETER P
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
DOERING, JEFFREY T
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
FITZMAURICE, SHELLEY A
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              250.00
GALLAGHER, EDWARD J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              300.00
GALLAGHER, EDWARD J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              300.00
GALLAGHER, EDWARD J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
GALLAGHER, EDWARD J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
12/31/2010
 $              200.00
GALLAGHER, EDWARD J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
9/30/2010
 $              200.00
GAULT, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              375.00
GAULT, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              375.00
GAULT, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              375.00
GAULT, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
12/31/2010
 $              250.00
GAULT, MARK W
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
9/30/2010
 $              250.00
HOFFMAN, CHARLES P
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
3/26/2009
 $              750.00
OLSON, MICHAEL J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              300.00
OLSON, MICHAEL J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2010
 $              225.00
OLSON, MICHAEL J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
3/31/2010
 $              225.00
VENA, DENNIS J
TCF NATIONAL BANK/SVP
6/30/2009
 $              600.00
BAILEY, TIMOTHY P
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VICE CHAIRMAN
6/30/2009
 $              799.00
BAILEY, TIMOTHY P
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VICE CHAIRMAN
6/30/2010
 $              499.00
BAILEY, TIMOTHY P
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VICE CHAIRMAN
3/31/2010
 $              499.00
BROWMAN, DAVID L
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VP
6/30/2009
 $              210.00
JOCHUM, LORI
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VP
7/27/2009
 $              300.00
NEWTON, JAMES E
TCF NATIONAL BANK/VP
6/19/2009
 $              250.00
BIEBER, WILLIAM F
TCF Board of Directors since 1997, ACROMETAL CO/CHAIRMAN
6/30/2009
 $              750.00
BIEBER, WILLIAM F
TCF Board of Directors since 1997, ACROMETAL CO/CHAIRMAN
4/27/2010
 $              375.00
BIEBER, WILLIAM F
TCF Board of Directors since 1997, ACROMETAL CO/CHAIRMAN
7/19/2010
 $              375.00
BIEBER, WILLIAM F
TCF Board of Directors since 1997, ACROMETAL CO/CHAIRMAN
1/31/2010
 $              375.00
BIEBER, WILLIAM F
TCF Board of Directors since 1997, ACROMETAL CO/CHAIRMAN
10/25/2010
 $              375.00
BOSCHWITZ, RUDY
TCF Board of Directors since 1991, HOME VALU/CHAIRMAN
6/30/2009
 $              750.00
BOSCHWITZ, RUDY
TCF Board of Directors since 1991, HOME VALU/CHAIRMAN
1/31/2010
 $              375.00
MAY, DANIEL F
TCF Board of Directors since 1988, RETIRED/RETIRED
6/30/2009
 $              400.00
MAY, DANIEL F
TCF Board of Directors since 1988, RETIRED/RETIRED
7/19/2010
 $              200.00
MAY, DANIEL F
TCF Board of Directors since 1988, RETIRED/RETIRED
4/27/2010
 $              200.00
MAY, DANIEL F
TCF Board of Directors since 1988, RETIRED/RETIRED
10/25/2010
 $              200.00
STINCHFIELD, DEAN
TCF Susidiary, WINTHROP RESOURCES/SVP
4/7/2009
 $              500.00
GABRIELE, FRANKLIN
TCF Susidiary, WINTHROP RESOURCES/SVP
6/23/2009
 $              250.00
CARROLL, JAMES
TCF Susidiary, WINTHROP RESOURCES/SVP
7/3/2009
 $              250.00







Hopefully a few more people will join me by November 5th – moving your accounts from
BankAmerica
Wells Fargo
Citibank
TCF Bank
Chase
SunTrust

TCF won’t miss just me.


May the force of be with you.

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.  (Yoda)


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