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Toyota loses D.C. lobbyist to conflict of interest

Washington lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie has dropped Toyota as a client just as the embattled Japanese automaker is heading into two tough, high-profile days of Capitol Hill testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday, Roll Call is reporting.

The K Street lobbying firm, which signed Toyota on Jan. 4, did so without checking -- or realizing -- it already had a client that was "in a position adverse to Toyota in connection with certain matters relating to the company’s recall of some of its vehicle lines," according to the QG statement in Roll Call.

QG didn't identify the other client, but Roll Call did: Insurance giant State Farm, which recently said it had notified the government about unintended acceleration problems with Toyotas as far back as 2004.

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By Frank Ahrens  |  February 22, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Congress , Corporations , The Ticker  | Tags: Quinn Gillespie, State Farm, Toyota recall update, toyota, toyota recall model and years  
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