... that Gibson was raided and not C F Martin:
Interestingly, one of Gibson's leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin's catalog, several of their guitars contain "East Indian Rosewood," which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson's guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?I know there are a lot of folks who believe that Gibson was guilty of some infraction of the Lacey Act, but it's moot now; faced with the full weight of the government against them, Gibson punted.
Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson's chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.
And who can blame them? The government can ride roughshod over any and all targets, for an unlimited amount of time.
Are we out of the awkward stage yet, Claire?!