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Toyota’s Lobbying Blitz Gets Results in Manchin-Schumer Deal

  • Company had fought for EV credit included in senators’ outline
  • Carmaker has dialed up spending to grow Washington influence
Senator Joe Manchin, center, tours the West Virginia Toyota factory, on Nov. 11, 2021.
Senator Joe Manchin, center, tours the West Virginia Toyota factory, on Nov. 11, 2021.Source: Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota Motor Corp. is mounting an aggressive push to make itself a more influential player in Washington, dramatically dialing up its lobbying spending and building cozy relationships with crucial lawmakers such as Senator Joe Manchin.

On Wednesday, those efforts appeared to pay off, as an electric-vehicle tax credit extension the company had championed made it into a $369 billion climate and energy package revealed by Manchin and Senator Chuck Schumer.