AIADA Chairman Buzz Rodland: "We will be more focused and organized this election year than ever before."
The American International Automobile Dealers Association says its "Drive the Vote" campaign is designed to get "pro-auto" voters to the polls Nov. 2.
AIADA says its 10,000 member dealerships employ 500,000 Americans. The group would not disclose the campaign cost.
Free trade tops AIADA's political agenda. Other important goals include repeal of the federal inheritance tax and limits on liability lawsuits.
AIADA says that it is conducting an outreach campaign to influence federal candidates on industry issues.
The group will publish candidates' responses to its questionnaires on the Web site www.drivethevote.org. It also will send its members a voter guide.
Federal law prohibits AIADA from formally endorsing candidates. But its positions on issues generally align with those of the Republican Party.
The Web site will enable AIADA dealers and their employees to register online, ask for absentee ballots and locate polling places. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the AIADA effort.
AIADA also will continue to schedule visits by members of Congress to import-brand stores.
AIADA Chairman Buzz Rodland says he expects free trade to be an important issue this year.
Says Rodland: "We will be more focused and organized this election year than ever before."