NEW YORK — The American Trucking Associations, the trucking industry's main trade group, spent $361,513 lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure report.
That's down from $428,070 in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $446,560 in the first quarter last year.
The group lobbied the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the White House Office on issues including global warming, air quality, transportation security and hazardous materials transports.
The ATA also weighed in on a number of issues that affect trucking companies, including fuel supply and cost, fuel efficiency and legislation that would limit diesel emissions and idling. It also lobbied on labor issues including truck driver shortages, pension reform and independent contractors.
ATA members include FedEx, UPS, Werner Enterprises Inc. and YRC Worldwide Inc.
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