Politico – September 14, 2014

Ride-sharing startup Lyft has enlisted Gephardt Group Government Affairs to fight policies that inhibit its operation, according to Senate lobbying disclosure records.

This is the company’s third federal lobbying registration since it came to Washington earlier this year, POLITICO Influence reports today. TwinLogic Strategies and Jochum Shore & Trossevin lobby for Lyft on similar issues. The company has expanded rapidly this year despite a variety of policy battles in state and local markets and a growing rivalry with competitor Uber.

Three Gephardt lobbyists will represent the company: Scott Brenner, formerly of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Kyle Mulhall, who was counsel for former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt; and Robert Epplin, a former Senate aide.

Lyft spent $20,000 on lobbying in the first half of the year, according to Senate records.

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