AP notes Toyota’s lobbying reports here.
Toyota reported spending $880,000 in federal lobbying for the first three months of this year. That compares with $1.3 million in lobbying expenses for the much quieter first quarter of 2009.
That drop doesn’t mean there was a reduction in Toyota’s legislative activities. It’s just that Toyota says much of its work with Congress didn’t meet the definition of lobbying activity under the Internal Revenue Service code, the regulations Toyota uses to report its lobbying.