NBAA’s Lobbying Bill $2.4 Million
The National Business Aviation Association spent $2.4 million getting its members' views across to politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, note lobbying-disclosure statements quoted by Business Week. According to the magazine, the group spend $1.4 million in the second half of the year lobbying on aviation security funding, general transportation matters and on the bills to reauthorize the FAA. The efforts were aimed at members of Congress, the White House, the FAA, the Departments of Transportation and Defense, the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies.
NBAA’s lobbying expenses were about half that of AOPA’s and there was plenty of overlap on the issues both organizations dealt with. On a per capita basis, however, NBAA’s 8,000 mostly corporate members ponied up an average of $300 apiece for the effort while the 410,000 individuals that make up AOPA chipped in a little more than $10 each.