Advocates of Corporate Jet Tax Break are Generous Campaign Contributors

June 30, 2011 - Democrats are looking to end a tax break that benefits owners of corporate jets as part of their negotiations concerning the national debt. Two organizations, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the National Business Aviation Association, are in favor of continuing the favorable tax treatment and over the past ten years have been generous in their contributions to current lawmakers in both parties, giving slightly more to Republicans.

Contributions from Jan 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2010 to Current Lawmakers From...

Contributor Democrat      Republican        Grand Total
General Aviation Manufacturers Assn     $ 124,310 $ 122,500 $ 246,810
National Business Aviation Assn $ 100,750 $ 123,000 $ 223,750
       
Grand Total $ 225,060 $ 245,500 $ 470,560

When the entire industry is examined, however, the division becomes more obvious. When combining contributions connected to Aircraft parts & equipment, Aircraft manufacturers, and Aviation services & airports, the Republican advantage becomes more pronounced, with Republican legislators receiving $3,781,012 compared to $2,873,476 received by Democrats.

Contributions from Jan 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2010 to Current Lawmakers From...

Party Aircraft parts & equipment    Aircraft manufacturers     Aviation services & airports    Grand Total
Democrat $ 1,286,906 $ 1,010,638 $ 575,932 $ 2,873,476
Independent      $ 14,200 $ 3,500 $ 500 $ 18,200
Republican $ 1,702,497 $ 1,434,510 $ 644,005 $ 3,781,012
         
Grand Total $ 3,003,603 $ 2,448,648 $ 1,220,437 $ 6,672,688

Methodology: Monetary and non-monetary contributions to candidate campaign committees of legislators currently serving in the 112th Congress for 2002 through 2010 election cycles. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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