Lead Consultant To Airport Privatization Group Responds To Criticism Of Lambert Documentary

Travis Brown is at the center of a controversy over the release Thursday of a three-part documentary about the history of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Brown is the executive producer of “Hard Landing At Lambert,” and he owns the media advocacy company — First Rule — that produced and paid for it. He’s also the lead consultant to the city’s Airport Advisory Working Group, which is considering privatizing Lambert.

During a regular meeting Thursday, members of that group grilled Brown over his dual positions.

Head of the working group Paul Payne reiterated concerns he brought up last week, after first learning about the documentary.

“What caused me concern is when I see another group, particularly one that you’re involved with issuing, ‘Hey, we’re going to put out this documentary and then we’re going to talk about privatization’ — there’s a potential conflict there,” he said. “Because you are the project leader for this process, not some other process.”

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