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Toyota Recall: Lawmakers' Connections To Toyota

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Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

_ Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.: Toyota's Bodine Aluminum has a factory in his St. Louis district. Fellow Missouri Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer, a Republican, also serves on the committee.

_ California connection: Toyota's North American operation is based in Torrance, Calif., and it has several facilities in the state. Californians on the committee include Democratic Reps. Diane Watson, Jackie Speier and Judy Chu, as well as the panel's top Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa, and GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray.

_ Issa, a multimillionaire who invented a car alarm used in Toyotas and other brands, was an early fan of Toyota's Prius hybrid. Speaking in 2001 about the green Prius he drove around Washington, he called it a smart alternative to standard engines that he hoped would catch on. He also had a Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, at the time. Issa received a $1,000 campaign contribution in December from the president of a Toyota dealership in California.

_ Ohio Democratic Reps. Steve Driehaus, Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur and Republicans Michael Turner and Jim Jordan: Toyota has an office in Cincinnati.

_ Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill.: Toyota has a regional office in Foster's district. Illinois Democratic Reps. Mike Quigley and Danny Davis and Republican Rep. Aaron Schock are also on the committee. Schock received a $250 campaign contribution from Toyota lobbyist Mark Johnson last July.

_ Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind.: Has a General Motors factory and several automotive parts suppliers, including some that serve Toyota, in his district.

_ Several other committee members also have Toyota offices or factories in their states: Reps. Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Republican Reps. Dan Burton and Souder of Indiana; Reps. John Tierney and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper and Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr. of Tennessee; Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.; and District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat. Souder's House campaign received $1,000 in September from the president of an Indiana Toyota dealership.

_ Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.: A North Carolina Toyota dealer gave McHenry's House campaign $1,000 last April.

_ Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., received a $500 contribution to his Senate campaign from the president of a Massachusetts Toyota dealership in December.