September 16, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its "cash for clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate - or undercut - claims of its success.
President Barack Obama wants $2 billion more to boost car sales, days after the first $1 billion was made available. Obama has promised greater transparency, but Transportation Department officials say they don't have time to turn over sales data provided by car dealers.
The limited information shows most buyers are not picking Ford, Chrysler or General Motors vehicles, and six of the top 10 vehicles
purchased are Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. The Associated Press has
sought release of the data since last week. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday the government would release it.
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