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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Heinz C. Prechter
Occupation: Chair, Prechter Holdings
Industry: Transportation
Home: Southgate, MI


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American Sunroof Corp. is the chief asset of Prechter’s holding company, which also has media, development and beef interests. Prechter was a top fundraiser in ’88 for President Bush.  Bush then appointed Prechter chair of the president’s Export Council and took him on a ’92 trade mission to Japan, where Prechter landed a contract to supply sunroofs for all of Honda’s US-made cars. Prechter was driving a Mitsubishi convertible, however, when he got busted for doing 110 mph down a residential Southgate, Michigan street in ‘97. Prechter hosted a hunting get together for Bush and 12 top GOP fundraisers at his 10,000-acre Texas ranch the next year. Bush emerged from this hunt as the GOP moneyed elite’s candidate. Prechter and two other Michigan Pioneers, Suzie Mitchell and Paul Welday, organized “American Dreamers,” an effort to raise money for Bush from minorities who are rarely sighted among the Pioneers. Prechter’s zeal for Bush fundraising is so great that he reportedly made a pitch when he found himself standing next to a potential donor at a urinal. 

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