American Airlines pilots spent $70K on 1Q lobbying

Pilots' union at American Airlines spent $70,000 to lobby federal government in 1Q

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilots' union at American Airlines spent $70,000 to lobby federal officials in the first quarter on issues including aviation safety, antitrust immunity and bankruptcy.The Allied Pilots Association disclosed the lobbying in an April 18 filing with the clerk of the House of Representatives.The union has previously indicated an interest in bankruptcy legislation. American's parent, Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp., has lost more than $4 billion since the beginning of 2008, although analysts do not regard the company to be in any danger of filing for bankruptcy protection.It also lobbied on antitrust immunity. American received immunity for business deals with British Airways and Japan Airlines that some pilots fear could lead to a loss of jobs.The pilots' group said it lobbied the House, the Senate, the departments of State and Transportation, and the Federal Aviation Administration.A year ago, the group spent $130,000 on lobbying. It spent $60,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010.Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches of government under a federal law enacted in 1995.

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