Bad investments by government

I own my business, or at least the bank does. Typically, this is how small business works, you want to start a business, you go get a loan (typically with your home as the security) and you get started.

But, if you are a C-level exec, who has been making millions for years, and want to start a business, you go ask other people to give you money, without you taking on a majority of the risk. You promise to employee people, and pay yourself well- only if they supply 80% of your capital. Sounds like a great deal- if you are the CEO.

Why our tax dollars are being used to make the rich richer is a mystery to me.

I’m sure Springfield could have used half a million to provide services to all of its residents instead of making sure a CEO got a free ride [see comment below] – read this from today’s DDN:

Qbase’s growth teaches survival
Embrace help from private foundations and government

The Turner Foundation of Springfield gave a fledgling Qbase $4 million, Pardue said. Springfield city government came through with $500,000. And Greene County was an early supporter with $60,000. This assistance and more helped fuel growth, creating a company where employees put up only 20 percent of the capital, yet own 80 percent of the business, Pardue said.

Our tax dollars are to invest in infrastructure, safety, and public services. Corporate welfare must stop- across the board, especially if we want to see honesty returned to government. Want to see what happens when government gives tax dollars to private companies- click on the continuation:

note, the FEC database has entries for Qbase and Q-base, and there may be even more ways to spell it.

Presented by the Federal Election Commission

Individual Contributions Arranged By Type, Giver, Then Recipient


Contributions to Political CommitteesBACKUS, JR., CHARLES
SPRINGBORO, OH 45066
QBASE/EXECUTIVE

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 1000.00 28930118333

BARBER, CALVIN
BELLBROOK, OH 45305
QBASE/EXECUTIVE

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 250.00 28930118334

DRESSLER, MICHELE
LEBANON, OH 45036
QBASE/SALES

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  12/10/2007 250.00 28930118348

HARENDZA, KURT
SPRINGBORO, OH 45066
QBASE/MANAGER

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  10/27/2007 1000.00 28930118362

JUDSON, DAVID
SPRINGBORO, OH 45066
QBASE/VICE PRESIDENT

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  12/05/2007 1000.00 28930118367

KESARIS, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22302
QBASE/EXECUTIVE

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  10/27/2007 1000.00 28930118369

LIGHTNER, SCOTT
XENIA, OH 45385
QBASE/ENGINEER

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 1000.00 28930118375

MACALOLOOY, TERESA
DAYTON, OH 45440
QBASE/DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELO

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 250.00 28930118377

PARDUE, JANEL
DAYTON, OH 45429
QBASE/MARKETING CONSULTING

BROWN, SHERROD
VIA FRIENDS OF SHERROD BROWN
  10/13/2006 1000.00 26020901295

PARDUE, JANET
KETTERING, OH 45429
QBASE/OWNER

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 -2300.00 28930118397
  11/30/2007 -2300.00 28930118397
  11/30/2007 4600.00 28930118396
  11/30/2007 4600.00 28930118397

PARDUE, WILLARD
KETTERING, OH 45429
QBASE/OWNER

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 2300.00 28930118398
  11/30/2007 2300.00 28930118398

SHORT, BRIAN J
MIAMISBURG, OH 45342
QBASE/SALES DIRECTOR

HOBSON, DAVID LEE
VIA HOBSON FOR CONGRESS
  06/29/2007 500.00 27931235536

SHOUP, THOMAS
BEAVERCREEK, OH 45434
QBASE/CFO

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  11/30/2007 1000.00 28930118406

SWENSON, THERESA
SOUTH SAN FRANSISC, CA 94080
QBASE/VICE PRESIDENT

AUSTRIA, STEVE C
VIA STEVE AUSTRIA FOR CONGRESS
  12/20/2007 250.00 28930118410

Total Contributions: 17700.00

Joint Fundraising Contributions

These are contributions to committees who are raising funds to be distributed to other committees. The breakdown of these contributions to their final recipients may appear below

BARNARD, JOANNE R.
DAYTON, OH 45459
QBASE/GENERAL MGR. NON-PROFIT DIV

MIKE DEWINE VICTORY 2006
  08/28/2006 1000.00 26950559750

Total Joint Fundraising: 1000.00

Recipient of Joint Fundraiser Contributions

These are the Final Recipients of Joint Fundraising Contributions

BARNARD, JOANNE R
DAYTON, OH 45459
QBASE

DEWINE, RICHARD MICHAEL
VIA MIKE DEWINE FOR US SENATE
  08/28/2006 1000.00 26020783512

Recipient Total: 1000.00

TRY A: NEW QUERY
RETURN TO: FEC HOME PAGE

Presented by the Federal Election Commission

Individual Contributions Arranged By Type, Giver, Then Recipient


Contributions to Political CommitteesJUDSON, DAVID
SPRINGBORO, OH 45066
Q-BASE LLC/VP & GM GOVT. & HEALTH

TURNER, MIKE
VIA CITIZENS FOR TURNER
  08/24/2007 1000.00 27931394954

KESARIS, PAUL
DAYTON, OH 45431
Q-BASE LLC/PARTNER

TURNER, MIKE
VIA CITIZENS FOR TURNER
  11/07/2007 1000.00 28990245290

PARDUE, BILL
DAYTON, OH 45429
Q-BASE LLC/CEO

TURNER, MIKE
VIA CITIZENS FOR TURNER
  09/22/2006 1000.00 26930431191
  10/25/2006 454.00 26940869138

Total Contributions: 3454.00

TRY A: NEW QUERY
RETURN TO: FEC HOME PAGE

It looks like a good way for your tax dollars to flow right back to the politicians campaigns to me. What’s it look like to you?

This is why my campaign isn’t the same as my competition, and why if elected, I will push hard to end both corporate welfare and private funding of political campaigns.

The 2+ billion we spend on campaigns now, is costing us much more in obligations to donors than it’s helping. For those still claiming it’s a freedom of speech issue, you don’t know what free speech is, or you’d be supporting my campaign.

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66 Responses

  1. BuyerBeware October 21, 2009 / 10:06 am
    I hear that Pardue is trying to sell all or a portion of qbase to a company rumored to be in the DC area called “Diamondback”.  I don’t know if this is true or not but I sure hope the company has done its research before entering into a business agreement with Pardue otherwise they might just get bit.

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  2. Springfield Resident December 8, 2009 / 6:52 pm
    Quick comment about Qbase patting themselves on the back for 100% participation in United Way.  Well, I work for an organization in Springfield and our CEO is in the golf / political scheme here and we are shamed and virtually extorted to donate to the United Way so he can look good. It must me a CEO contest to force your employees to donate to your causes and support their politicians.  We employees have little raises in years and still are forced to donate or face comments / shame; is that not extortion?

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  3. FormerIntern December 8, 2009 / 7:00 pm
    Extortion indeed. That was Bill Pardue through and through. Even as an intern I can remember sitting in a conference room with a rep from HR as they said “…and finally here’s a form to donate to United Way if you like. We DO have 100% employee donorship.”
    …cricket, cricket…
    “Well, I don’t kno—”
    “It can be a one time cash donation.”
    Aaand I was suckered.

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  4. Gene December 8, 2009 / 7:18 pm
    Yeah, kinda stinks to hand over your hard earned money to some organization that will just shit it away. Kinda like taxes and our government. Being forced to give money is a bad thing.

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