The Aerospace Industries Association of America Inc., a trade group for aviation and defense companies, spent $207,928 in the second quarter lobbying on military spending in space as well as exploration and other issues.
The Arlington, Va.-based group represents U.S. companies including Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., Curtiss-Wright Corp., IBM Corp. and L-3 Communications. Some of its lobbying was also supported by foreign members including BAE Systems Inc., the American arm of British defense company BAE Systems PLC, and Rolls-Royce, the British aircraft engine company.
The group lobbied on national aerospace policy, NASA subcontracting and funding, and space shuttle launch issues, according to a disclosure report. It also lobbied on U.S.-China space exploration, as well as reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Besides Congress, the group lobbied the Defense and Transportation departments, the FAA and NASA.
The report covering the April-June period was filed July 9 with the House clerk's office. During the same period last year it spent $162,125, and spent $215,334 in the 2010 first quarter.
Among its lobbyists were Cord Sterling, a former senate aide for military matters, and Michael Berger, an aide who has worked on the Senate Armed Services Committee.