Elon Musk Agrees that Blue Origin Should Spend More Time on Rocket Science Instead of Protesting NASA's HLS Decisions | Alleged $900 Million Spent on Lobbying
(Photo : Image from Commons.Wikipedia.com) Elon Musk Agrees that Blue Origin Should Spend More Time on Rocket Science Instead of Protesting NASA's HLS Decisions | Alleged $900 Million Spent on Lobbying

Elon Musk agreed with a statement that Blue Origin should spend more time on "actual" rocket science" as much as they do when it comes to protesting NASA's HLS decision. Did Blue Origin really spend that much on lobbying?

Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX

According to a statement by Everything SpaceX on Twitter, if Blue Origin actually spent as much time on the "actual" rocket science as they are doing when it comes to protesting NASA's HLS decision, the New Glenn might have already reached orbit and Neil Armstrong would even be operations and Jeff's O'Neill colony in space idea would already be real. Elon Musk replied with a simple "Exactly."

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO noted that if lobbying and lawyers could get anyone into orbit, Bezos would actually be on Pluto as of the moment. Although this seems like a bold statement, there is actually a website that provides data regarding the amount that Blue Origin has allegedly spent on lobbying. While Blue Origin has been taking shots at Virgin Galactic, SpaceX is still taking the lead.

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According to the data provided by OpenSecrets.org, Blue Origin spent an alleged $910,000 when it came to total lobbying expenditures in 2021. There were reportedly a total of 24 lobbyists and about 16 revolvers. The 16 revolvers result in 66.67% of the total lobbyists. Blue Origin plans to launch Jarvis to counter SpaceX.

Here is the list of lobbying firms hired by Blue Origin:

  • ATS Communications - lobbied by Alex Silbey at $90,000
  • Barnes & Thornburg - lobbied by Edward P Ayoob at $100,000
  • Barnes & Thornburg - lobbied with Lauren Hancock at $100,000
  • Barnes & Thornburg - lobbied with Brandt Hershman at $100,000
  • Blue Origin - lobbied with Jacqueline Cortese at $910,000
  • Blue Origin - lobbied with Gus Miller at $910,000
  • Blue Origin - lobbied with Megan Mitchell at $910,000
  • Blue Origin - lobbied with Jason Suslavich at $910,000
  • Clark Hill PLC - lobbied with John Culberson at $100,000
  • Clark Hill PLC - lobbied with Kevin F Kelly at $100,000
  • Clark Hill PLC - lobbied with Lauren Gring Lipin at $100,000
  • Clark Hill PLC - lobbied with Shadi Nasabzadeh at $100,000
  • Clark Hill PLC - lobbied with Derek Ross at $100,000
  • J Sullivan Advocacy - lobbied with Juliane Carter Sullivan at $10,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Scott Gelbman at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Steve McCain at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Sean McGlynn at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with W Dennis Stephens at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Paul Stimers at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Paul Stimers at $120,000
  • K&L Gates - lobbied with Steve Valentine at $120,000
  • Maynard, Cooper & Gale - lobbied with Wade Heck at $160,000
  • Maynard, Cooper & Gale - lobbied with Linda M Maynor at $160,000
  • Maynard, Cooper & Gale - lobbied with William F Stiers at $160,000
  • Red Maple Consulting - lobbied with Pete Kirkham at $40,000

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