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Are Republicans actually behind the Tesla sales bans?

Tesla supporters have been wondering: Are state auto-dealer lobbyists working with Republican legislators to push laws banning direct sales of Teslas to retail buyers? It's a valid question, but is it true?

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The New York Times published an article last month that included data that helps assess the situation.

While the article actually focused on Republican support for Uber—which was far from universal, it turns out—it alludes to the issues between Tesla and state dealer groups.

A choice quote came from Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus, who wrote in support of Uber, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or legislators, that decide what companies get our business."

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Hit the link above to get the full scoop and our insight into the situation over on Green Car Reports.

In the meantime, what do you think? Are Republicans really behind the Tesla sales bans?

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