December 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

South Korean auto lobby bucks industry spending

But these behemoths have generally slashed their Washington influence efforts since recording their largest annual lobbying outputs during the middle or late parts of the past decade. The South Korean automakers’ moment to close this influence-peddling gap is present now perhaps more than ever, and the companies are eagerly accelerating toward the opportunity.

“As our stake and employment grows in the United States, it’s become logical for us to increase our presence in Washington,” Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford said. “It is a little different what we’re doing. When the rest of the industry goes right, we tend to ask ourselves, ‘What [would] happen if we go left?’ Our first reaction is not asking what everyone else is doing when it comes to telling our story.”

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