Weapons lobby: pork barrel politics in USA

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The Nuclear Weapons Industry’s Money Bombs, Mother Jones, How millions in campaign cash and revolving-door lobbying have kept America’s atomic arsenal off the chopping block. — By R. Jeffrey Smith, Center for Public Integrity   Jun. 6, 2012 Employees of private companies that produce the main pieces of the US nuclear arsenal have invested more than $18 million in the election campaigns of lawmakers that oversee related federal spending, and the companies also employ more than 95 former members of Congress or Capitol Hill staff to lobby for government funding, according to a new report.

The Center for International Policy, a nonprofit group that supports the “demilitarization” of US foreign policy, released the report on Wednesday to highlight what it described as the heavy influence of campaign donations and pork-barrel politics on a part of the defense
budget not usually associated with large profits or contractor power: nuclear arms.

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