Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood criticized a Washington lobbying firm that was drumming up opposition to his distracted driving campaign. The Seward Square Group created the DRIVE coalition to promote driver education as an alternative to LaHood's proposal, which would lead to poor sales for mobile devices (they even went after Oprah).
However, distracted driving accounts for an estimated 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries a year, and many cell phone companies didn't want to take part in the lobbyist's campaign. LaHood went after the Seward Square Group and ultimately got the lobbyists to drop the campaign. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest on the showdown.