The major automakers have long had plenty of involvement in the inner workings of Washington, D.C. Now, their suppliers are getting in on the act.
Automotive News is reporting that major supplier companies such as BorgWarner and Bosch are spending more money than in the past in order to have a larger voice when it comes to issues involving the industry.
These companies are still spending less than the major automakers, but they are getting more involved, particularly concerning causes that are important to the suppliers.
One reason that the suppliers are spending more cash is that the automotive supply base itself is growing. Since the base is no longer confined to the Midwest, that means more government officials have a reason to be involved with the industry. Because of that, the suppliers have more incentive to deal with the government--and perhaps more political clout that can help with those dealings.