WASHINGTON -- Import-brand car dealers plan to boost their political influence - with more cash.
The Automotive Free International Trade Political Action Committee, or AFIT-PAC, hopes to raise more than $1.25 million this year, says PAC Chairman Larry Kull. He is president of the Burns-Kull Automotive Group, which has nine franchises in New Jersey.
AFIT-PAC typically raises about $1 million a year.
During the 2003-04 election cycle, AFIT-PAC handed out about $1 million, $800,000 of it directly to congressional candidates. Eighty-six percent of it went to Republicans, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.
AFIT-PAC met last week here.