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Monday, January 22, 2024

Open Letter to Marco Rubio and Rick Scott: Do You Support or Oppose FTC Regulation Combat Auto Retail Scams?

Attention: Florida Senators Rubio and Scott:

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s new regulation, CARS which will hopefully be implemented soon. It was originally intended to go into effect this July 30th, but the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) teamed up with the Texas Auto Dealers Association (TADA) to fight it in the Federal Court, which forced the FTC to postpone the July 30 implementation.
This letter is, in no way, an attempt to change your view of the CARS regulation. I understand that you have an opinion on this regulation which may be negative or positive. I’m not attempting to change your mind because I understand how unlikely that would be. What I do ask is that each of you GO ON THE RECORD as to whether you do or do not support this regulation.
Knowing how busy you must be, I’m offering to donate $1,000 to your favorite charity when you do state in writing that you are for or against the FTC CARS regulation. Because my favorite charity is Big Dog Ranch Rescue (, I’ll double the donation to $2,000 if you designate this charity.
I’m sure that Florida car buyers, and all American car buyers, are unanimous in their support of the FTC “Combat Auto Retail Scams” regulations. The proof of this is the annual Gallup poll on Honesty and Ethics in Professions which for over 50 years has ranked Car Dealers at the bottom.
I understand why politicians like yourselves might be reluctant to take a position on a subject which puts you between “a rock and a hard place”. The rock is the 14 million car buyers (many of whom are also voters) and the hard place is the National Auto Dealers Association, Texas Auto Dealers Association and all other state dealers associations, their Political Action Committees, and the wealthy 48,000 car dealers in the US.
Silence on such an important issue should not be an option and it’s certainly not something a U.S. Senator can do that fulfills his duties and responsibilities to the voters of his state.
Please email me at or text or call me at 561 358-1474. The same day that you do so I will mail a $1,000 check to your favorite charity or $2,000 if it’s to Big Dog Ranch Rescue.


Earl Stewart
Earl Stewart

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