"I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won't work in my White House." - Candidate Barack Obama
Senate Democrats tapped an airport lobbyist to help them make their case for the passage of a long-stalled aviation bill to reporters on a conference call Monday.
Charles “Chip” Barclay is listed as one of five lobbyists for the American Association of Airport Executives, which has spent nearly $7.4 million lobbying the federal government since 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’s website opensecrets.org, which tracks lobbyist spending.
Barclay will join Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Maria Cantwell of Washington to discuss the need for Congress to pass a long-stalled Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which the Senate is expected to consider this week.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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