- Bezos’ Blue Origin recently asked Mac Campbell from the Capital Council to lobby on the company’s behalf “to monitor and evaluate proposed changes to the Internal Revenue Code being considered by Congress as part of the budget reconciliation process.” ” appointed.
- The new space company lobbyist was an assistant US trade representative while working in Obama’s executive office before moving on to the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
- Blue Origin has already spent more than $1.3 million on lobbying this year alone.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company has hired a lobbyist with former President Barack Obama’s administration after a Democratic congressman proposed a tax that could make space travel a bit more expensive.
Bezos’s Blue Origin recently asked to lobby on the company’s behalf to “monitor and evaluate proposed changes to the Internal Revenue Code being considered by Congress as part of the budget reconciliation process,” according to a recent lobbying registration form. Mack Campbell from Capital Council. Campbell registered to represent the company in October.
Before moving to the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Campbell was an assistant US trade representative for Congressional affairs while serving in Obama’s executive office. His other clients include Lockheed Martin, Las Vegas Sands and Pacific Mutual, according to data from the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Blue Origin has already spent more than $1.3 million on lobbying this year alone. In 2020, the space company invested nearly $2 million in an attempt to impress lawmakers. Bezos, who has a net worth of more than $200 billion according to Forbes, stepped down as CEO of Amazon earlier this year to focus on other ventures such as Blue Origin and the Washington Post, which he owns.
Blue Origin and Campbell did not return Businesshala’s requests for comment prior to publication.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. proposed a tax on space exploration companies on July 20, the day Bezos traveled into space with three other passengers on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight.
According to a press release, the Security Protection Against Carbon Emissions (Space) Tax Act “will create new excise taxes on commercial space flights carrying human passengers for purposes other than scientific research.” Blumenauer is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Space exploration is not a tax-free holiday for the rich. Just as ordinary Americans pay taxes when they buy airline tickets, so do billionaires who fly into space to produce nothing of scientific value, and then some should do that,” Blumenauer said. in a statement at the time. “I am not opposed to this type of space innovation. However, things that are done purely for tourism or entertainment, and which do not have a scientific purpose, should in turn support the public good.”
President Joe Biden and Democrats are proposing several other tax provisions as part of their nearly $1.8 trillion social spending proposal that has yet to be passed by Congress. One of the ideas is to impose a 15% minimum corporate tax on the declared income of large corporations.