Int'l auto dealers spent $200K lobbying in 3Q

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 11:21 AM

The American International Automobile Dealers Association spent $200,000 in the third quarter to lobby on federal trade agreements, the Cash for Clunkers program and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.

The Alexandria, Va.-based trade group, which represents America's 11,000 international nameplate automobile franchises, also lobbied on legislation dealing with emissions standards, labor issues, taxes and more.

The clunkers car rebate program, which ended in August, led to 690,114 new sales at a taxpayer cost of $2.88 billion.

Besides Congress, AIADA lobbied the U.S. Trade Representative's office, White House, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the departments of Treasury and Transportation during the July-September period, according to the report filed Oct. 20 with the House clerk's office.

The group's members sell and service dozens of foreign brands including: Acura, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Cody Lusk, who was chief of staff to Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas; Rachel Robinson, former chief of staff for the House Republican Conference; and Melanie Batenchuk, formerly an aide to Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., were among those lobbying on the auto dealers' behalf.