Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7

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A customer looks at a F-150 pickup at a Ford dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida.

That’s how many former auto dealers are serving in Congress.

The seven are all Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

They are Vern Buchanan of Florida, John Campbell of California, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Jim Renacci of Ohio, Scott Rigell of Virginia and Roger Williams of Texas.

Auto dealers spent $86.8 million on state election races between 2003 and last year and spent another $53.7 million on federal campaigns, Bloomberg’s Julie Bykowicz and Angela Greiling Keane reported in this story about efforts by Tesla Motors Inc. to reach customers as they fight auto dealers who “view Tesla’s marketing and sales models as threats to their existence.”

“The challenge we face, of course, is that the auto dealers are very strong and very influential at the state level, among the legislatures,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told shareholders in June, the Bloomberg story noted.

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