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Lott appointed to board of EADS North America[Former Sen. Trent Lott]
The Hill ^ | 15 Oct 2008 | Roxana Tiron

Posted on 10/15/2008 9:42:30 AM PDT by BGHater

EADS North America has appointed former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to its board of directors.

The American subsidiary of European defense conglomerate EADS — which is also Airbus’s parent company — has been vying for a lucrative contract to provide the Air Force with midair refueling tankers. EADS North America teamed with Northrop Grumman to compete against Boeing for that contract.

“Trent Lott brings unparalleled experience and perspective to the EADS North America Board of Directors following a distinguished career of public service,” said EADS North America Chairman and CEO Ralph D. Crosby Jr. “He will provide invaluable expertise as our company expands its presence in the U.S. defense and homeland security sectors.”

After he left the Senate in December 2007, Lott started his own lobbying firm with former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.). The Breaux Lott Leadership Group has been representing Northrop Grumman since April as part of an intense lobbying war over the $35 billion tanker contract.

Now, with Lott on the board of directors, EADS can also strengthen its influence in the power play.

Northrop Grumman and EADS initially won the contract at the end of February. However, Boeing, the rival for the award, protested with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and won.

A bitter and politically charged debate over how to proceed with awarding a contract to replace the Eisenhower-era tankers ensued after the GAO upheld Boeing’s protest this summer. Ultimately, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in September punted that decision to a new administration and suspended any deliberations over the tanker competition.

Northrop Grumman so far has paid Lott’s lobbying shop $200,000. While in the Senate, Lott was one of the top recipients of campaign money from Northrop Grumman, which has a large shipbuilding yard in Lott’s hometown of Pascagoula, Miss.

EADS has several operations in Mississippi, including an assembly plant for the Army’s Light Utility helicopter.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: aerospace; boeing; eads; lobbyist; lott

1 posted on 10/15/2008 9:42:30 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

So once again Lott is working with Democrats at the expense of Americans?

2 posted on 10/15/2008 9:45:02 AM PDT by icwhatudo (PALIN VID=========>>>>><++++++++)
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To: icwhatudo

I hope Lott is as effective for EADS as he was for the Republicans in the Senate.

3 posted on 10/15/2008 9:46:05 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: BGHater

I noticed on their job navigator, there are no job offerings in the USA.

4 posted on 10/15/2008 9:48:49 AM PDT by edcoil
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To: BGHater

Dang, how do I get me one o’ them thar Senate seats so I can cash in, too? ;)

5 posted on 10/15/2008 10:01:31 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: jospehm20
I guess they decided to fight fire with fire ... or rather liar with liar:

6 posted on 10/15/2008 10:28:38 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can stick his head in. - Chesterton)
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