Monday, September 16, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About the Defense Industry Influence in Washington

2014-Cycle Top 20 Congressional Recipients of Defense Industry Money

1Moran, Jim (D-VA)House$88,100
2Thornberry, Mac (R-TX)House$77,500
3Visclosky, Pete (D-IN)House$76,200
4Inhofe, James M (R-OK)Senate$76,000
5Reed, Jack (D-RI)Senate$72,950
6Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)Senate$67,493
7Wittman, Rob (R-VA)House$66,850
8McKeon, Buck (R-CA)House$62,950
9Kingston, Jack (R-GA)House$62,400
10Durbin, Dick (D-IL)Senate$62,000
11Rogers, Mike D (R-AL)House$60,555
12Smith, Adam (D-WA)House$57,000
13Hunter, Duncan D (R-CA)House$56,500
13Calvert, Ken (R-CA)House$56,500
15Ruppersberger, Dutch (D-MD)House$56,350
16Palazzo, Steven (R-MS)House$55,250
17Forbes, Randy (R-VA)House$52,500
18Walorski, Jackie (R-IN)House$49,950
19Granger, Kay (R-TX)House$47,500
20Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ)House$47,000

According to Open Secrets, for the 2009-2014 cycles, Rand Paul has received  $20,200 from individuals in the defense sector. Justin Amash has received none.


  1. Ron Paul also received money from federal employees or those very cozy with the feds -- including $23,000+ from Lockheed Martin employees. And what is this supposed to tell us?

  2. These numbers are piddling. Surely a U.S. senator costs much more. Many years ago I heard from a reliable source that meeting with a Saudi royal costs around 250K. It is a national disgrace if U.S. politicians are cheaper.

  3. It seems like chump change. Of course, those are the totals from individual donors linked to jobs within the defense industry. It still doesn't seem like much.