|Infonaut/GRB2011: Members of the U.S. Unmanned Systems Caucus (Dem=blue, Rep=red)|
The hundreds of billions of dollars the federal government spends each year on defense are part of the reason defense firms invest millions of dollars in lobbying activities and campaign contributions. Defense companies concentrate their political donations on members of the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees that allocate federal defense money.
Defense Campaign Donations 2009-2010
According to data from the Senate Office of Public Records and CRP 29 USC members of 42 have received about $ 2,1 million from defence industry during the 2009-2010 campaign. The top 3 recipients, 2009-2010 are Co-Chair Buck McKeon R-CA) $322.900, Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) $ 172.900 and Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) $128.850.
See also: The House Ethical Rules and White House fact sheet about special interests reform.