The Hill – August 27, 2014
Boeing is pulling out all the stops in an aggressive campaign to save the Export-Import Bank. The aerospace giant is employing a high-powered team of lobbyists as it presses lawmakers to reauthorize the 80-year-old agency before its charter expires on Sept. 30.
The company has poured $4.18 million into its lobbying operation in recent months, a 6 percent increase over the second quarter of 2013, and has at least 18 lobbyists working on financial services issues alone.
It has also hired two outside lobbying firms, the Gephardt Group and Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, to push for the bank’s renewal. Both firms worked for Boeing during the last fight over Ex-Im reauthorization in 2012.