Over each of the last few years, about 500 dealers, automotive trade association executives, Political Action Committee trustees and NADA staffers have attended the NADA's Washington Conference.
In 1917, the year it was founded, NADA successfully pushed Congress to reduce a proposed excise tax on cars to 3 percent from 5 percent. Lobbying has been in NADA's blood ever since.
Very few trade associations enjoy the respect accorded to NADA. This respect has been earned through decades of constructive, effective engagement in the public policy arena.
In many ways, the changes we have seen in our family automotive business mirror the evolution of the broader retail automotive sector over the last 100 years. As dealers, we have adapted to new technologies, changing consumer preferences and demographic trends. We must continue to adapt.
NADAPAC, which contributes money to U.S. congressional races, spent about $4.6 million on races this election cycle as of Oct. 19, putting it roughly in line with its spending in the last several cycles.
Properly installing child seats, restricting gray-market vehicles that don't meet U.S. safety and emissions standards and making dealerships a safer place to work are just a few of NADA's safety initiatives over the years. It's all about reducing deaths and injuries to dealership customers and employees.
Many Congressmen can say they have business experience. But only a handful can say they have dealership experience. Here's a listing of some of the dealers-turned-politicians, past and present.
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente was one of the most colorful figures from the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. His long-shot campaign as a conservative Democrat ultimately failed.