Perhaps feeling outflanked by United Launch Alliance competitors, SpaceX has hired lobbying firm Patton Boggs to represent its interests.
According to the Legal Times blog:
Former U.S. senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are part of a team of Patton Boggs lobbyists advocating for a commercial space transportation company, according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday.
The former senators and three of their Patton colleagues represent Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. They are lobbying for the company on "issues related to commercial space transportation," according to the paperwork. With the retirement this year of NASA's space shuttle fleet, the reusable aircraft manufacturer is preparing to take control of the delivery of cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station.
The article states that "SpaceX spent $500,000 on its federal lobbying efforts during the first three quarters of this year. The company lobbied Congress and federal agencies on aerospace, budget and appropriations matters."
(Originally reported by the December 9 Florida SpaceREPORT.)