Earlier this week, we took a closer look at the congressional lobbying teams employed by the transport sector's biggest players, AASHTO and APTA. Today, it's time to meet the representatives of the American Trucking Association (ATA), which reported $1.32 million in lobbying spending during the first half of this year on its congressional disclosures -- more than AASHTO and APTA's combined K Street bills.
Its lobbying activities extend to throwing cold water on legislation tackling climate change, which the group recently lamented would "impose significant costs on American consumers."
One prominent recent addition to the ATA's lobbying slate is James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the Clinton administration.
Witt and two colleagues at the consulting firm Global Options Group, Edward Fry and Bob Nash, who was
Hillary Clinton's deputy campaign manager during her presidential run,
registered to lobby for the truckers in June but have yet to declare
Aside from Global Options Group, the ATA
has 15 lobbyists defending its priorities on the Hill. Its in-house
team includes CEO Bill Graves, formerly the GOP governor of Kansas; Timothy P. Lynch, a 27-year veteran transport lobbyist; and Michael Robinson, a longtime adviser to the ex-House Majority Leader (and current indicted TV dance contestant) Tom DeLay (R-TX).