The Hill newspaper has an article detailing the political contributions and lobbying expenditures of two of the manufacturers of the airport body scan machines.
L-3 Communications, which supplies some of the machines, has paid $100,000 this year to a lobbying firm run by "Linda Hall Daschle, a former administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration and wife of ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)," the newspaper reports. The company also has Alfonse D'Amato, the Republican former senator from New York, working on its behalf.
The other body-scan supplier, Rapiscan, has paid Holland & Knight $480,000 in lobbying fees since May 2008 for the services of lobbyists who include a former aide to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), David Whitestone. "Rapiscan's parent company, OSI Systems Inc., has an active political action committee. During the 2010 campaign, it made more than $60,000 in campaign contributions to candidates and committees, according to FEC records," the Hill reports.