Messenger: Top adviser on airport privatization faces questions for his work with the NRA

By on June 9, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The highest paid consultant advising the city of St. Louis on the process of privatizing its airport is somebody you’ve probably never heard of.

That’s the way Andrew J. McKenna likes it.

McKenna is the founder, president and CEO of McKenna and Associates, a Virginia-based consulting company that was tapped by St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield and his top lobbyist, Travis Brown, to help guide the process by which St. Louis Lambert International Airport is eventually auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Sinquefield is paying a bevy of consultants about $800,000 a month at the city’s behest to prepare a request for qualifications that could lead to bids from companies seeking to make Lambert the first privatized commercial airport in the mainland U.S.

Much of that money is going to McKenna. He’s being paid more than the financial advisers, more than the Beltway law firms, more than the high-dollar public relations consultants.

According to city records, McKenna’s firm has been paid more than $1.2 million so far for his advice.

So what is his expertise?

He is a Republican fundraiser who specializes in dark money.

McKenna raises money for the National Rifle Association.

He raises money for anti-worker organizations run by Rick Berman, the notorious pioneer of fake grassroots efforts.

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