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Tools of Influence: The Arms Lobby and the Super Committee

October 31, 2011 | Policy Brief

By William D. Hartung

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The Center for International Policy and Common Cause are pleased to share a new policy brief, "Tools of Influence: The Arms Lobby and the Super Committee." This new policy brief, written by William D. Hartung, reveals the mutually beneficial and close ties between the arms lobby and super committee members.

The defense industry has a major stake in the deliberations of the budget super committee, which is empowered to propose reductions in military spending. The tools of influence that the arms lobby can bring to bear on the super committee are impressive. Some key findings from the report include:

  • The industry employs over 1,000 lobbyists, nearly two for every member of Congress.
  • The industry contributed $22.6 million to political candidates in the 2009/2010 election cycle alone.
  • In the two most recent election cycles, the defense industry contributed over $1.1 million to the 12 members of the budget super committee.
  • Five former super committee staffers now serve as lobbyists for at least one of the nation’s top ten defense contractors, representing companies like Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The industry as a whole employs 22 lobbyists who are former staffers of super committee members.
  • The arms industry’s greatest ally is House Armed Services Committee chair Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, who has received over three quarters of a million dollars from the defense industry between 2009 and 2011.

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