A multinational automobile manufacturer has increased federal lobbying during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Ford Motor Company spent $1,480,000 on lobbying during the fourth quarter, up from spending $1,360,000 in the third quarter. For all of 2013, Ford spent $6,120,000 on lobbying.
Ford's COO, Mark Fields, today delivered a keynote address at the Washington Auto Show. The show will highlight the Automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle and a C-Max Solar Energi Concept - a sun-powered vehicle.
Ford lobbies on issues such as automobiles, banking, science/technology, taxation, trade, consumer safety, environment, railroad antitrust, budget, labor, clean air, energy, fuel, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and retirement, among others. In the trade area, Ford has been pushing to remove requirements for U.S. car manufacturers match vehicle standards of the European Union, often requiring country specific re-engineering of vehicles, and added costs.
In September, President Obama visited a Ford plant in Missouri.
Updated: A Ford Motor Company spokesperson stated they have filed an amended fourth quarter report on 1/22 showing they spent only $1,480,000. Their filing on 1/21 showed they had spent $6,120,000 in the fourth quarter.
Updated with 1/22 filings from Chrysler and Toyota.