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Merger of American Airlines, US Airways creates lobbying titan

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American Airlines, which announced today that it has finalized terms of a merger with US Airways, was already the biggest spender on influence among air carriers. Adding US Airways will likely extend its reach.

While the two carriers' agreement to create the world's largest airline must win approval of federal regulators, they will have plenty of chits to draw on and an amazing array of former insiders to make to their case to Congress and the Obama administration of the wisdom of their plan. 

American, which declared bankruptcy in Nov. 2011 and announced thousands of layoffs three months later ...

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