Toyota spent $1.4M lobbying in 2nd quarter

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2009 19:40 hrs

Toyota Motor North America Inc. spent $1.4 million in the second quarter to lobby on vehicle safety and other issues, according to a recent regulatory filing.

The Japanese automaker also lobbied the federal government on labor issues, including the Employee Free Choice Act, a controversial bill that seeks to lower barriers to union organization.

Toyota operates a number of manufacturing plants in the U.S. The facilities are all nonunion, with the exception of a former joint-venture with General Motors Co. in California whose fate has been in question since GM announced it was liquidating its stake earlier this year.

The world's largest automaker also lobbied Congress on railroads, consumer credit, energy and other issues during the April-to-June period, according to the report filed with the House clerk's office dated July 17.