Obama and McCain Election Edition Open Thread


Boeing’s Back to Work
With 100% of union halls reporting, the IAM has voted 74% in favor of the new four-year contract. The strike officially ended last night with the beginning of third shift after 57-days. Analysts estimated $100-120 million in lost revenue daily. This could translate into $5.7 to $6.8 billion in deferred revenue that will eventually be recovered once the delayed aircraft are delivered.

Oh right, there’s another election on Tuesday…
Tuesday is ELECTION DAY. Just in case you’ve been in a coma for the last two years, Sen. Barack Obama is the Democratic Nominee and Sen. John McCain is the Republican nominee.

They’ve got issues
As far as aerospace and aviation issues go in this campaign, they’ve been pretty low priority on the list. Though here’s a smattering of other people’s assessments of the candidate’s positions and proposals:

Dollars and cents
Also a quick look at fundraising data supplied by opensecrets.org shows some interesting contribution trends from aviation related interests:


The Air Transport Industry (Eg. airlines, advocacy groups) has donated $368,146 to Sen. Obama and $521,684 to Sen. McCain. The Defense Aerospace Industry (e.g. Lockheed, Boeing, Honeywell) has contributed $251,297 to Obama and $199,144 to McCain.

Opensecrets.com only has a breakdown of select companies and theircontributions, which include donations from individuals employed bythose companies, as well as contributions from their respectivepolitical action committees. UPS, FedEx, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martinand AMR (American Airlines) are amongst the top contributors to bothcandidates.


Lastly, make sure to vote tomorrow – November 4th! I’m voting at my local library tomorrow to put some weight behind Washington, D.C.’s 3 electoral votes.

Where do I cast my ballot? Find out here.
Don’t know when the polls close? Find out here.

7 Responses to Obama and McCain Election Edition Open Thread

  1. Dan Webb November 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    Well I get the higher contributions to Obama from UPS and AMR considering their presence in Chicago. I wonder why FDX gave so much more to McCain and GE and BA gave so much more to Obama.

  2. Johno November 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    would boeing giving more to Obama have anything to do with the tanker choice?

  3. ihate2fly November 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    BA has its HQ in Chicago. GE leans left…owns NBC and MSNBC aka DNCTV.

    Fred Smith, CEO of FDX, is a well known Republican. He was on the short list to be McCain’s VP nominee and is mentioned as a possible SecTransportation under McCain.

  4. Yaz November 4, 2008 at 12:54 am #

    It is a known fact that John McCain directly and indirectly blocked Boeing from getting air force’s tanker contract. Why would Boeing support known enemy?

  5. Tim November 4, 2008 at 2:11 am #

    “which include donations from individuals employed by those companies, as well as contributions from their respective political action committees.”

    An individuals choice, may not represent the interests of the company. It’s just who they work for. In my opinion, you would need a break down of these numbers to read anything into it. How much from higher level executives? or political action committees?

  6. Janne Marrisrgd November 13, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.

  7. Janne Marrisrgd November 13, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they’re talking about product. That’s not art, that’s the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I’m not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands.