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Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the house voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.

That’s the upshot of a new analysis by MapLight, a Berkeley-based non-profit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request. The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted Wednesday to dismantle it.

Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $12.97 million in donations for a two-year period ending December 31, 2012, according to the analysis, which MapLight performed with financing data from OpenSecrets. Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.

Continues: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/money-nsa-vote

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Like I have been saying

What percent of those 217 are BOUGHT and what percent are BLACKMAILED?


Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

I wrote my congressman

And let him know that this cost him at least our two votes and hopefully more.

I let him have it.

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

Cyril's picture

Well, now your doubts, if you had any left, can vanish :

Well, now your doubts, if you had any left, can vanish :


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Silly me. Sometimes I think they actually vote on principal

but articles like this remind me, to always follow the money. Good point below about following the money of the families too.

Thanks Ed Thinking for that link..

I was wondering about that. I see my congress varmint is 5th on the list with $172,950.00. She needs to be primaried in the worst way.

Of course they did. This is

Of course they did. This is how it works.

BMWJIM's picture

Put them on the list and let's Frothy them


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

There's more to it than this...

That guy Rogers from Michigan has a wife who has a vested interest in the surveillance industry and so I must assume do any other reps have wives or relatives who are also getting rich off of defense and surveillance.