Monday, May 08, 2006

Politician Bought By The Defense Industry

Who does Curt Weldon represent? The people who elect him, or the people who give him money?

Facing perhaps his toughest campaign in two decades, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon is drawing on his close ties with the defense industry to help finance his reelection bid and retain his powerful committee position. Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has reported raising $724,285 since last year for his campaign. Of that, at least $292,000 - about 40 percent of his total - has come from defense interests, according to an Inquirer review of Federal Election Commission reports. The donations include more than $137,000 from officials and relatives of officials at companies with military contracts, and $112,500 from political committees associated with defense companies, including General Dynamics, Raytheon and Textron, each of which has given $10,000. They also include $42,500 from 32 lobbyists and their family members, or from lobbying firms, some of which made donations at the Charlie Palmer steak house on March 7 in Washington at an event billed as a defense industry reception.
It seems that the more important constituents to Mr. Weldon are defense industry lobbyists.....

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