WASHINGTON -- Auto dealers will decide with their checkbooks whether they want yet another political action committee to handle their campaign contributions.
The answer should be yes, say leaders of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. AIADA lobbies for import-brand dealers.
AIADA Chairman Don Hicks told Automotive News last week that his association's creation of a PAC will complement, not undermine, dealers' long-established political committees.
They are the Dealers Election Action Committee of the National Automobile Dealers Association, or DEAC, and the independent Automotive Free International Trade committee, or AFIT-PAC.
Leaders of NADA and AFIT-PAC disagree. And some members of AIADA's own board are doubters, too.
"This is not helpful to the industry, and it is harmful to the dealers," says Peter Blackstock, owner of Victory Dealership Group in Seaside, Calif.