Research Report: TSA & Airport Security

The heavily scrutinized Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is back in the news due to its airport security policies as well potentially dangerous equipment the TSA is using to screen airline passengers.  The First Street Research Group investigates the key players and industry relationships surrounding the TSA.  In this report we profile the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security which has jurisdiction over the TSA:

  • Chair: Rep. Pete King (R-NY)
  • Ranking Minority Member: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

as well as recent legislation impacting the TSA and the agency itself.

Overall Highlights

  •  15 organizations gave $5,000 or more to the Political Action Committe (PAC) of Rep. Pete King (R-NY).  The largest donor was the Citizens United Political Victory Fund. Rep. King has had only 1 revolving door staffer.
  • 18 organizations gave $5,000 or more to the PAC of Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).  The biggest group of donors, consists of major unions.  Rep. Thompson has had 5 revolving door staffers, 2 of which have clients with homeland security interests.
  • Security Enhancement and Jobs Act of 2011 was lobbied on by 6 organizations that spent just under $1 million on all of their lobbying activity during the 3rd quarter of 2011.
  • Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 was lobbied on by 6 organizations that spent just over $15 million on all of their lobbying activity during the 3rd quarter of 2011.
  • 5 former high profile TSA officials have swung through the revolving door, 3 of which have recently been representing clients with interests in TSA related issues.
  • 78 organizations lobbied the TSA during the 3rd quarter of 2011. Those organizations collectively spent over $34 million dollars with the firms that lobbied the TSA, on all of their lobbying activity during the 3rd quarter of 2011.

Coalition Builder Image of TSA Related Legislation Lobbying Activity

Rep. Pete King (R-NY)
Position: Chair House Committee on Homeland Security
Revolving Door Ties:

Jonathan Hymes
Registered Lobbyist – American Chiropractic Association
Formerly: Chief of Staff, Banking, International Relations – Rep. Pete King (R-NY)

Top PAC Contributors (Over $5,000) in 2011:

Donor
Amount 
Citizens United Political Victory Fund  $  10,000
Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee  $    7,000
Air Line Pilots Association PAC  $    5,000
American Hospital Association PAC  $    5,000
AT&T Inc. Federal Political Action Committee (AT&T Federal PAC)  $    5,000
Electrical Contractors Political Action Committee  $    5,000
Exxon Mobil Corporation Political Action Committee (ExxonMobil PAC)  $    5,000
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) PAC  $    5,000
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP PAC  $    5,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC  $    5,000
Raytheon Company Political Action Committee  $    5,000
Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Political Action League  $    5,000
The Boeing Company Political Action Committee  $    5,000
Unisys Corporation Employees PAC  $    5,000
United Transportation Union Political Action Committee (UTU PAC)  $    5,000

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Position:  Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security
Revolving Door Ties:

Christopher Espy  
Registered Lobbyist – Butler Snow Omara Stevens and Cannada, PLLC
Formerly: Legislative Assistant – Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Richard B. Mattox  
Registered Lobbyist – Mattox Woolfolk, LLC
Formerly: Associate Staff (Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)) – Committee on Budget
Edith L. Bartley  
Registered Lobbyist – United Negro College Fund, Inc.
Formerly: Legislative Assistant – Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Zahra Buck
Registered Lobbyist – Capitol Counsel, LLC
Registered Lobbyist – Buck Group Government Strategies
Formerly: Legislative Assistant – Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Recent Clients with Aviation & Homeland Security Interests:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
General Electric Company (Including Subsidiaries)
National Business Aviation Association, Inc.
Bonnie Walker-Armstrong  
Registered Lobbyist – Stella Walker and Associates Inc
Formerly: Chief of Staff – Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Recent Clients with Homeland Security Interests:
Global Security Management/First Millenium Joint Venture

Top PAC Contributors (Over $5,000) in 2011:

Donor
Amount 
American Crystal Sugar Company Political Action Committee  $  10,000.00
DRIVE – Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education  $  10,000.00
Monsanto Company Citizenship Fund aka Monsanto Citizenship Fund  $  10,000.00
Unite Here Tip Campaign Committee  $  10,000.00
Air Line Pilots Association PAC  $    7,500.00
United Transportation Union Political Action Committee (UTU PAC)  $    7,500.00
AT&T Inc. Federal Political Action Committee (AT&T Federal PAC)  $    5,000.00
Cash America International Inc. Political Action Committee  $    5,000.00
Communications Workers of America-Cope Political Contributions Committee  $    5,000.00
FedExPAC Federal Express Political Action Committee  $    5,000.00
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers (IPAL)  $    5,000.00
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) PAC  $    5,000.00
Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee  $    5,000.00
Machinists Non Partisan Pol League of The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers  $    5,000.00
Mississippi Power Company Federal PAC a/k/a/ MS Pwr Co Emp Comm For Resp Fed Gov  $    5,000.00
Raytheon Company Political Action Committtee  $    5,000.00
United Association Political Education Committee (United Association of Journeymen and APP)  $    5,000.00
United Steelworkers Political Action Fund  $    5,000.00

112 H.R.1586: Security Enhancement and Jobs Act of 2011
Purpose: To amend title 49, United States Code, concerning approval of applications for the airport security screening opt-out program, and for other purposes.
Committee Assignment: Committee on Homeland Security
Sponsor: Rep. Pete King (R-NY)
Co-Sponsor(s):

  1. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) joined 7/13/2011
  2. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) joined 5/12/2011
  3. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) joined 4/15/2011
  4. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) joined 4/15/2011

Lobbying Activity on H.R.1586 during 3rd quarter of 2011:

Lobbying Firm Client Amount Spent on All Lobbying Activity by the Client with the Firm in 2011 3rd Quarter
American Association of Airport Executives American Association of Airport Executives $517,655
National Treasury Employees Union National Treasury Employees Union $178,270
National Foreign Trade Council, Inc National Foreign Trade Council, Inc $110,000
Halliburton Company Halliburton Company $70,000
Netjets Inc. Netjets Inc. $50,000
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro. Airports Commission  Less Than $5,000

112 H.R.1447: Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011
Purpose: To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.
Committee Assignments: Committee on Homeland Security
Sponsor: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Co-Sponsor(s):

  1. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) joined 4/8/2011

Lobbying Activity on H.R.1447 during 3rd quarter of 2011:

Lobbying Firm Client Amount Spent on All Lobbying Activity by the Client with the Firm in 2011 3rd Quarter
Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A. Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A. $10,010,000
FedEx Corporation FedEx Corporation $3,486,540
National Business Aviation Association, Inc. National Business Aviation Association, Inc. $630,000
American Association of Airport Executives American Association of Airport Executives $517,655
U.S. Travel Association U.S. Travel Association $365,000
Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP City of Houston, Department of Aviation $20,000

Revolving Door Employees of the TSA and Their Industry Relationships

Lois Fu
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Independent Sector (2011 – Present)
Formerly: Assistant to the Deputy Administrator – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (2006 – 2006)

James M. Loy  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – The Cohen Group (2006 – Present)
Formerly:
Administrator – Transportation Security Administration (2003 – 2003)
Under Secretary for Security – Transportation Security Administration (2002 – 2002)
Recent Clients with TSA Related Issues:

  • Protectingamerica.org

James Fuller  
Registered Lobbyist – Public Strategies, Inc. (2006 – 2008)
Formerly: Chief of Staff – Transportation Security Administration (2005 – 2005)

Stephen McHale  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Patton Boggs LLP (2004 – Present)
Formerly:
Deputy Administrator – Transportation Security Administration (2003 – 2003)
Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Policy – Transportation Security Administration (2002 – 2002)
Recent Clients with TSA Related Issues:

  • Air France – KLM
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

Chad Wolf  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates (2004 – Present)
Formerly: Assistant Administrator, Security and Regulation and Policy – Transportation Security Administration (2005 – 2005)
Recent Clients with TSA Related Issues:

  • American Airlines
  • Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport

Organizations that Lobbied the TSA Directly or Hired a Lobbying Firm During 3rd Quarter 2011:

Client
Amount
Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.  $  10,010,000
General Electric Company (Including Subsidiaries)  $    5,650,000
General Dynamics Corp  $    2,567,824
Honeywell International  $    1,660,000
Hewlett-Packard Company  $    1,500,000
American Airlines  $    1,330,000
CSX Corporation  $    1,098,879
Ups (United Parcel Service)  $       978,161
Air Transport Association of America, Inc.  $       930,000
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association  $       810,000
National Business Aviation Association, Inc.  $       630,000
Delta  $       533,370
Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.  $       520,000
American Association of Airport Executives  $       517,655
Smiths Group Services Corp. (fka) Smiths Detection, Inc.  $       500,000
U.S. Travel Association  $       425,000
US Airways  $       390,000
American Fed of Government Employees, AFL-CIO  $       380,000
Airports Council International — North America  $       280,369
American Public Transportation Association  $       250,000
Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO  $       222,959
Transportation Intermediaries Association  $       220,000
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association  $       213,279
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO  $       200,000
American Apparel & Footwear Association  $       182,735
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association  $       155,641
Communications Workers of America  $       150,000
Con-Way Inc (formerly known as Cnf Inc)  $       150,000
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen  $       122,799
Alaska Airlines, Inc.  $       110,000
National Air Transportation Association  $       100,000
Society of American Florists  $         96,750
Offshore Marine Service Association  $         70,000
Albert Einstein Healthcare  $         60,000
City of Chicago-Department of Aviation (Formerly City of Chicago-O’Hare Airport)  $         60,000
Dallas\Fort Worth International Airport  $         60,000
Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.  $         60,000
Helicopter Association International (HAI)  $         60,000
International Longshore & Warehouse Union  $         60,000
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport  $         60,000
Amalgamated Transit Union  $         50,000
Evergreen International Airlines, Inc.  $         50,000
National Association of Waterfront Employers  $         50,000
San Francisco International Airport  $         45,000
Clackamas County, OR  $         40,000
International Air Transport Association  $         40,000
Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York  $         40,000
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA)  $         40,000
City of Killeen  $         30,000
L-1 Identity Solutions  $         30,000
Nationl Tour Association  $         30,000
Oakland County  $         30,000
Recursion Ventures  $         30,000
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc  $         25,000
Covenant  $         24,000
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (Aapa)  $         20,000
Association of Professional Flight Attendants  $         20,000
City of Cleveland c/o Director of Port Control Cleveland Hopkins InterNat’l Airp  $         20,000
Empower Software Solutions, Inc.  $         20,000
International Warehouse Logistics Association  $         20,000
Lufthansa German Airlines  $         20,000
Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport  $         20,000
Ubm Global Trade, Inc.  $         20,000
City of Unalaska  $         19,000
SOS Global Express  $         15,000
Fashion Accessories Shippers Association  $         10,000
Iscon Video Imaging  $         10,000
Qliance Medical Group  $         10,000
Strategic Impact, Inc.  $         10,000
Travel Goods Association  $         10,000
Air France – KLM  < $5,000
American Association of Exporters and Importers  < $5,000
Livingston Group, LLC (on behalf of Recursion Ventures)  < $5,000
Management Association For Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)  < $5,000
The National Industrial Transportation League  < $5,000
United Motorcoach Association  < $5,000
Victorinox Swiss Army  < $5,000
Will Interactive  < $5,000

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