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General Motors chairman and CEO Dan Akerson met with dozens of lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday, releasing a "report card" of the company's performance.

Akerson is trying to improve the Detroit automaker's reputation in Washington. The company was the target of political attacks in the presidential campaign, as some Republicans sought to criticize President Barack Obama for the $85 billion auto bailout.

"We weren't on any ballot last year, but we seem to be in every campaign," Akerson told reporters after the 90-minute session with lawmakers. "We're a commercial enterprise and our job — this generation of management's job at General Motors — is to transform the company into the 21st century."

Akerson said the "report card" he delivered was received well by members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.

 


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