Tesla Inc. Spent $565K Lobbying For Fed Subsides Musk Says He Doesn’t Need 

Musk quit White House advisory board over Trump’s decision to leave Paris climate accord

Tesla Inc. has spent more than $100,000 lobbying specifically on issues related to electronic vehicles and $450,000 lobbying the federal government overall over the last year and a half, according to lobbying disclosure records.

Despite the expenditures, Tesla CEO Elon Musk insists the company does not need such breaks. Musk publicly rebuked President Trump last week when announcing his decision to quit a White House advisory board over Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord.

Musk and Tesla shifted their lobbying strategy in recent months in an apparent attempt to try to reach Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration more effectively on “green” energy issues benefitting his companies.

SolarCity, a solar energy company that Musk merged into Tesla Inc. last fall, earlier this year parted ways with two major Democratic lobbying firms—Podesta Group and Roberti Global—and hired at least one Republican lobbying firm instead.

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