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tomtoolbag
Veteran Advisor

This article could fall under two different topics being discussed

  Talk about corporate give-aways. This highlights the current airport issue of employing security measures, and coincidentally why we might be doing them.............................because it pays off real well for the corporations.

 

Body scanner makers doubled lobbying cash over 5 years

  

 

L-3 Communications, which has sold $39.7 million worth of the machines to the federal government, spent $4.3 million trying to influence Congress and federal agencies during the first nine months of this year, up from $2.1 million in 2005, lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. Its lobbyists include Linda Daschle, a former Federal Aviation Administration official.

Rapiscan Systems, meanwhile, has spent $271,500 on lobbying so far this year, compared with $80,000 five years earlier. It has faced criticism for hiring Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, last year. Chertoff has been a prominent proponent of using scanners to foil terrorism. The government has spent $41.2 million with Rapiscan.

"The revolving door provides corporations like these with a short cut to lawmakers" and other decision-makers, said Sheila Krumholz, of the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-11-22-scanner-lobby_N.htm?imw=Y&utm_source=feedburner&u...