Orbital Sciences Corp. Launches Antares Rocket, With a Boost from Lobbying
Posted at 5:23 p.m. on April 21, 2013
The brand-new Antares rocket sent into its first test flight Sunday was launched by the Orbital Science Corporation, a company that hasn’t wanted to be without a presence at the Pentagon, the White House or on Capitol Hill. The rocket was launched from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The company is one of two companies with NASA contracts to provide space station cargo. The company spent $355,000 on lobbying during 2012. Their lobbyists are Kathleen Kronmiller and Michelle Frank. Their 2012 fourth-quarter lobbying report detailed their areas of interest, such as aeronautics, defense, budget, and trade.
The company also has a PAC that gave out $197,000 in the 2011-2012 cycle; see financial profile
The other company under NASA contract is Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Corporation. They also want a Capitol Hill presence. The company spent $1,020,000 on lobbying during 2012. Their lobbyists were Stephanie Bednarek, Mathew Dunn, and Caryn Schenwerk (former OMB deputy associate director for legislative affairs, and for policy director to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and counsel to Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas). Their 2012 fourth-quarter lobbying report showed they lobbied in the areas of defense, budget and aeronautics.
The company PAC gave out $109,881 in contributions in the 2011-2012 cycle; see financial profile.