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February 8, 2016

SpaceX Launches Second Lobbying Team

Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla.

Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla.

After 12 launches, and 50 on its manifest, the world’s fastest growing launch services provider has launched a second team of lobbyists to orbit Congress and the federal government.

SpaceX, a private space transport company that manufacturers and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, has hired the Nickles Group LLC to lobby on general issues related to aerospace, budget, intellectual property, defense, labor, science/technology and tax. The Nickles lobbyists include Cynthia Merifield Tripodi, and Hazen Marshall, former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, and former deputy chief of staff to then Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles, R-Okla.

SpaceX already uses Patton Boggs LLP for lobbying the federal government. They reported paying Patton Boggs $90,000 in the third quarter of 2013. View multi-year lobbying profile. Patton Boggs lobbies on FY 2014 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations; NASA re-authorization; NASA COTS and commercial crew programs; FAA indemnification; and space launch regulatory issues. Patton Boggs lobbyists include former Senators John Breaux, D-La., and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.  Also lobbying are Bret Boyles, Norma Krayem, John Flynn, Matthew Cutts, and Alexis Early.

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  • wim jansens

    Does anyone have any idea if spacex uses any lobby firms in the EU?

  • Curtis Quick

    No misdirection. SpaceX does have 50 launches on its manifest. To have a launch on one’s manifest does not mean that they have launched, just that they are intending to do so. In SpaceX’s case they actually have contracts with clients for 50 launches on the books. The recent success with SAS gives the green light for these to move forward and other contracts to be signed in the future.

  • Dean Ripley

    You are correct. The article initially stated that SpaceX had performed 50 launches. The author has apparently since edited the post.

  • Lou

    manifest…meaning scheduled; in the future.

  • Lou

    Again, ‘manifest’ meaning on the docket to be launched.

  • Lou

    Author didn’t get anything wrong…the sentence said…” 10 completed and 50 to be done…” Yes, SX does have that many manifested. OBTW it’s a trival comment…at 50% less than anyone else in the world…the list will grow to 5 times that many launches within two years…

  • Dean Ripley

    Yes, Lou, you and I are on the same page. As I stated in one of my subsequent comments, the author’s post said “with 50 launches completed…” the first time I saw it (which was only a short while after it was posted). There were other people who noticed this as well. The writer has since corrected their mistake and the article is now factual.

  • Dean Ripley

    When the article was first written, it stated that there were 50 launches completed, not ‘on the manifest.’ It has since been edited and corrected.

  • Dean Ripley

    I’ve replied to two of your comments already. The article originally said 50 launches ‘completed,’ not ‘on the manifest.’ The author has since corrected their mistake. As you can see, multiple readers were confused by the initial mistake.

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