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.