SpaceX to get lobbying help from former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux

By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times  – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Senators Trent Lott, R-Miss. and U.S. Sen. John Breaux, D-La. have signed on to lobby on behalf of commercial space transportation company SpaceX, the Legal Times is reporting.

The pair are part of the Patton Boggs lobbying firm hired to assist the company.

The story also notes SpaceX spent $500,000 in the first nine months of 20111 on lobbying efforts.

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SpaceX, founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, is heavily dependent on government funding to develop its rockets, which have much lower costs than traditional launch vehicles made by larger companies like Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

As a result, SpaceX has cultivated connections with Washington politicians, most notably President Barack Obama, who has hailed the company’s efforts.

On Friday, the Legal Times publication reported that Former U.S. Sens. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and John Breaux, D-La., are part of a team of lobbyists for SpaceX.

The former senators, part of the Patton Boggs lobbying firm, will promote “issues related to commercial space transportation,” according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday, the Legal Times reported.

During the first nine months of this year, SpaceX spent half a million dollars on federal lobbying, the report said.


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