Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman all recently received contracts to develop a laser weapon for US fighter jets.
The three defense companies have also donated more money in the 2018 election cycle than any other company in the industry, according to a new analysis from the Center for Responsible Politics, which draws on the Federal Election Commission’s latest political-candidate-contribution report.
The Center for Responsive Politics’ numbers include all donor contributions to outside groups and political action committees, as well as individuals giving over $200.
In many cases, it notes, donations don’t come from the firms themselves but rather from their PACs, employees or owners, or those individuals’ immediate families.
Here’s what they found.
20. DynCorp International.
DynCorp International is a Virginia-based company that provides all kinds of training, intelligence, and aviation services for the military, including maintenance for the AH-64 Apache program.
Thus far in the election cycle, 52.1% of DynCorp’s contributions have gone to Democrats, and some of the largest recipients in Congress have been Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown and Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich.
Dyncorp has also been accused of bilking the federal government out of millions of dollars between 2004 and 2008 for their work in the Iraq War.
Dyncorp didn’t donate any money to candidates in the election cycles immediately before and after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Its first contributions came in the 2006 election cycle and increased in 2008.
19. Cobham Management Services.
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