Thursday, August 23, 2007

DaimlerChrysler Paid Lobbyist $200,000

WASHINGTON — German automaker DaimlerChrysler AG paid Timmons & Co. $200,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

The firm lobbied Congress on issues related to fuel efficiency standards, foreign oil, global warming, currency reform and tariffs, and a spending bill for U.S. troops, veterans care and Hurricane Katrina recovery, according to the form posted online Aug. 6 by the Senate's public records office.

Daniel Shapiro, the former deputy chief of staff for Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is among those registered to lobby on behalf of DaimlerChrysler.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

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