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Money in Politics: an Election Season Comparison

There’s a race going on in Florida’s 7th District these days, between Congressman John Mica (R-FL), who would become Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee if the GOP takes over, and his Democratic opponent,Heather Beaven, who is the CEO of a non-profit that helps at risk youth succeed in school and beyond.

New York Times has a profile of the current status of this race.

What’s interesting are the aviation industry contributions to each candidate:

Heather Beaven’s top contributors include:

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $5000
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), $5000

Mica’s top contributors include:

  • Boeing Company, $6500
  • Harris Corp, $6000
  • Honeywell International, $6000
  • Lockheed Martin, $5500
  • Air Line Pilots Association, $5000
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, $5000
  • American Association of Airport Executives, $5000
  • FedEx Corporation, $5000
  • Florida Transportation Builders Association, $5000
  • Raytheon Company, $5000
  • United Parcel Service, $5000
  • United Transportation Union, $5000
  • FAA Managers Association, $5000

Evidently, industry and some unions have staked their claim with John Mica.

Cross-posted at FAA Lawyer Whistleblower on October  22, 2010.

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