SpaceX Spent $90,000 on Lobbying Efforts in First Half of 2010

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)

SpaceX is spending big bucks lobbying the government on behalf of its commercial launch business, The Birmingham News reports:

In the first six months of the year, SpaceX has paid Wexler & Walker about $90,000, records show.

The second name in the partnership belongs to Executive Chairman Robert Walker, who spent 20 years representing Pennsylvania’s 16th District in the House of Representatives.  During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.

The firm also includes former Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer, who represented the Huntsville area for 18 years. Cramer, who is Wexler & Walker’s chairman, has been helping to lead opposition to President Obama’s commercial space efforts, which could greatly benefit SpaceX at the expense of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

In the interview with the Birmingham News, Cramer said he has stayed clear of the firm’s lobbying efforts on behalf of SpaceX. Instead, he has been leading a 25-person task force to advocate for NASA’s work in northern Alabama.

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