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United Airlines (under parent company UAL Corporation) is the world's second largest air carrier, after AMR's American Airlines. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, it operates from hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC and flies to some 30 countries. Brands include United, United Express, and Ted. [1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

United Airlines has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[2] See ALEC Corporations for more.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.

Political contributions

United Airlines gave $123,250 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 58% to Democrats and 42% to Republicans. [3]


United Airlines spent $1,808,597 for lobbying in 2006. Seven lobbying firms were used, including Covington & Burling and The Duberstein Group. [4]


Key executives and 2006 pay: [5]          Options
Glenn F. Tilton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer    $687,000    $1,060,000
Frederic F. Brace, Chief Financial Officer    $501,000    $0
Peter D. McDonald, Chief Operating Officer    $542,000    $424,000
John P. Tague, Chief Revenue Officer    $501,000    $105,000

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [6]

Contact details

77 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-997-8000
Web: http://www.united.com

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. UAL Profile, Hoovers, accessed September 2007.
  2. Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, "Corporations and Trades Associations that Fund ALEC," Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the States: The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange Council, online report, 2003
  3. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed September 2007.
  4. United Airlines lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  5. UAL Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed September 2007.
  6. Board of Directors, UAL, accessed September 2007.