30 Sep '11, 5pm

Thanks to Gibson Guitar, Republicans jump to back Asian logging interests like David Lee Roth circa 1984.

Thanks to Gibson Guitar, Republicans jump to back Asian logging interests like David Lee Roth circa 1984.

This is the final story in a four-part series about how Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and foreign timber companies have turned illegal logging into the Tea Party's cause célèbre. Read part 1 , part 2 , and part 3 . Faced with accusations that his company had illegally imported wood from Asia, Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz launched a media campaign bashing the federal government's action and criticizing aspects of the law he had allegedly broken -- the Lacey Act, which bans the import of illegally logged forest products. "We've been severely harassed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), no charges have been filed, we've had two armed raids, a significant amount of wood confiscated," Juskiewicz said on the Lou Dobbs Show . He told a conservative talk radio host that "The DOJ's position is that we should just shut down and go away as a company." In a letter to Pres...

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