White House responds to Tesla petition, passes buck to states, Congress

Last June, a petition filed on the White House's "We The People" site about direct-to-consumer car sales took less than a month to reach 100,000 signatures, the threshold required for a response from the Obama administration. "State legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition," the petition read, and it made no bones about Tesla's direct-sales efforts standing out from the standard dealership sales model found throughout the United States.

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