Friday, September 23, 2011

Airline pilots union spent $351,000 on lobbying in 2Q

NEW YORK — The Air Line Pilots Association spent $351,000 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on legislation that would create penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, among other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That's up from the $330,000 the pilots' union spent in the year-ago period and the $290,000 it spent in the first quarter of 2011.

The union, which represents 53,000 pilots at 39 U.S. and Canadian airlines, also lobbied Congress about the Federal Aviation Administration's budget, according to the report filed July 20 with the House clerk's office.

The group also lobbied Congress about changes to the bankruptcy laws regarding pensions, rules governing the transportation of lithium batteries and the security screening process for airline crews, and opposed new taxes on aviation fuel linked to climate change. The group also lobbied the Department of Transportation.

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