WASHINGTON -- Fresh controversies are flaring over the American International Automobile Dealers Association's new political action committee, both within and outside AIADA.
Association leaders filed documents with the Federal Election Commission this month that created the PAC. AIADA plans to solicit contributions from its members and make campaign donations to federal candidates it expects to support its interests.
The National Automobile Dealers Association warns that AIADA's PAC will divide dealers and cause some of them to break campaign finance law inadvertently. Most AIADA members also belong to NADA, which has run its own PAC for 30 years.
Since AIADA formed its PAC:
Dave Conant, one of the departed AIADA board members, called the PAC decision "a terrible mistake" and "dangerous to the health of our dealers." He is president of the Conant Auto Retail Group in Cerritos, Calif.