Auto Industry Group and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Finance Campaign Against Prop 21, the State Parks Measure
Two auto industry-related companies have made donations to fight Prop 21, the November ballots measure that would add an $18 annual fee for vehicle registrations to fund state parks. On Thursday Enterprise Holdings, parent company of car rental companies such as Alamo, Enterprise and National, donated $25,000 (.pdf) to Stop the Car Tax Scam -- No on 21, which is listed on campaign filings as "a coalition including the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures, Inc."
The Alliance itself donated another $25,000 (.pdf) and represents 11 vehicle manufacturers, including BMW Group, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen Group of America.
Despite being "committed to developing and implementing constructive solutions to public policy challenges that promote sustainable mobility and benefit society in the areas of environment, energy and motor vehicle safety," the Alliance president David McCurdy said they fear that "the arbitrary, non-transportation related taxation of the product we manufacture will set a dangerous precedent," according to Stuart Leavenworth at the Sacramento Bee.