GM Doubles Lobbying on Transportation Issues

Posted May 1, 2013 at 2:40pm

General Motors Corporation reported more than doubling their lobbying expenditures during the first quarter of 2013. They reported spending $3,220,000 as compared to spending $1,480,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012. Their lobbying report outlines the general areas of lobbying and lists specific topics and bills.

The transportation industry, in general, spends about $57 million per quarter on lobbying, and it is in line for that for this first quarter. With Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., becoming the new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for this Congress, and the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, Anthony Foxx , being nominated to be the new Obama administration secretary of Transportation, we will have to wait and see whether interest groups alter their lobbying efforts. The current secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, is a Republican.

The automobile manufacturers usually spend around $9.6 million per quarter with General Motors leading the way. With General Motors now spending $3,220,000 on lobbying, they far exceed the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and their $1,709,300 in spending in the first quarter, up from $1,670,000. Ford Motor Company spent $1,640,000 — down from $1,700,000. Chrysler Group LLC spent $1,336,110 — up from $1,277,941.

Automobile parts supplier Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company reported spending $1,070,000 — triple the $350,000 reported spending in the last quarter of 2012.

The railroads usually spend around $10.5 million per quarter on lobbying.  Union Pacific spent $1,635,963 — up from $1,351,512. BNSF Railway Company spent $1,580,000 — up from $1,351,512. The Association of American Railroads spent $1,560,667 — down from $2,280,224. CSX Corporation spent $907,579 — down from $1,503,998. Norfolk Southern Corporation spent $880,000 — down from $2,010,000.

Scheduled Airlines usually spend about $5.5 million per quarter. US Airways more than doubled their lobbying expenditures. They reported spending $1,697,000 — up from $784,000. American Airlines spent $1,270,000 — down from $1,350,000.

Aircraft manufacturers usually spend about $4 million per quarter. Boeing reported spending $3,580,000 — the same as last quarter.

Airlines for America, formerly known as the Air Transport Association , spent $1,380,000 — down from $2,050,000 in the last quarter of 2012.

For complete breakdowns and rankings companies and organizations, and their spending by interest group in the first quarter of 2013, use Political MoneyLine’s Lobby Money By Report database and search system.