Airline lobbying: so where’s the money going?

capitolFollow the money. It’s not just a memorable quote from All The President’s Men, but words to live by if you’re one of the last customer advocates standing.

So this morning I decided to do just that with my good friends at the Air Transport Association, who have spent about $2.5 million lobbying Congress so far this year. I suspect the airline advocates had a hand in hijacking the passenger rights cause, which culminated in a media circus earlier this week. Made me wonder where all of ATA’s money was going.

Here’s a bird’s-eye view, according to Opensecrets.org.
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When it comes to lobbying, have travel companies thrown in the towel?

smokeDon’t look now, but the lobbyists appear to be giving up on Washington — at least when it comes to travel.
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