Auto Lobbying

Congressman offers unusual defense in ethics probe

By JOHN DUNBAR Center for Public Integrity WASHINGTON — Rep. Roger Williams, the Austin Republican under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, asserts that he did nothing wrong when he offered an amendment that would benefit car dealers — despite the fact that he himself is a car dealer. Members …

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Laws Hinder Prosecutors in Charging G.M. Employees in Ignition Defect

From the factory floor to the corporate suite, employees at General Motors saw indications of a deadly ignition defect and failed to disclose the problem to the government.

Yet even now that prosecutors are closing in on a criminal case against the automaker, their effort to charge individual employees at the center of the case has hit an obstacle: legal loopholes that the auto industry helped create. And while some G.M. employees still face investigation, the prospect of sweeping indictments across the company’s ranks has faded, according to people briefed on the investigation.

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Strickland Takes Express to Lobbytown – 1/10/14

Well, we cracked open our virtual newspaper the other morning and found a bunch of non-news – winter is cold, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s a bully, and such. On the inside page, however, was a non-news story of particular interest: Former NHTSA Administrator David Strickland is leaving public service to re-enter public service as a lobbyist for the venerable firm of Venable LLP, which describes its business thus:

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Congress Category Description

The Center for Auto Safety in the nation's capital:

  • keeping consumers up-to-date on auto related legislation and regulation
  • working with congress and federal agencies to make our cars safer
  • providing expert opinions and data in congressional testimony.

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