Los Angeles area taxi drivers circled City Hall in their cabs on June 25, 2013 to protest ride-share apps such as Uber.
Politicians and their staffs love Uber, which seems like a good thing for the future of ride-sharing apps.
Congressional campaign staffers used Uber 61% of the time when they took a trip for less than $100 this past election season, according to statistics compiled by Hamilton Place Strategies, a consulting firm.
That percentage is way up from the numbers in 2010, when Uber made up 0% of the rides taken by congressional campaigners. Overall, congressional use of Uber is up 84% since 2010, the year the company launched.
Even in 2012, congressional campaign filings showed only 100 low-cost Uber rides—ones that cost less than $100—compared with 2,800 similarly-priced taxis. This election cycle, Uber can boast 2,800 low-dollar rides taken by politicians and their staffers, compared with just 1,800 taxis.
But Uber's success with politicians doesn't just stem from stealing market share. Since 2012, the number of low-cost rides has increased by 60%, a fact that Hamilton Place Strategies attributes to the way Uber is making low-cost cabs readily available.
"The nature of oversight changes when someone is both regulator and consumer," the report states. "Many of the regulatory decisions in this space are being made at the local level, not in Congress. However, it is likely that the same dynamics impacting Congress are also happening in communities across the country. Furthermore, as members of Congress become early adopters and consumers, they may exert an influence on their local counterparts as these regulations are debated at the local level."
You can read through the full report, below.
Uber: Congress' New Private Driver
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