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Auto Alliance snags Rep. Smith press secretary

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 13, 2017

The auto industry's biggest U.S. trade group has driven off with an aide to Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

Jeff Beck is now a government-affairs manager at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents nearly 80 percent of U.S. car and light-truck sales. Beck had worked for Smith since 2015, most recently as press secretary.

The Auto Alliance, whose members include Ford, General Motors and Toyota, is on track to spend more than $9 million on lobbying this year.