The seven largest US defense companies have contributed nearly $3 million to congressional election campaigns through the first six months on 2007, according to my own analysis.
I am making my spreadsheet available for others to download. Please crunch the numbers as you see fit, and let me know if you come up with any surprises. Download file
The top 10 lawmakers are listed below. Representative Silvestre Reyes maintains his mysterious (to me anyway) lead among defense lobby recipients.
The big change since last month's tally is the huge bump for Representative Joe Courtney, whose home base in Connecticut has apparently made him a huge target for cash from General Dynamics, which operates the Electric Boat submarine plant in Groton, of course. Courtney has received $22,000 from General Dynamics alone so far this year, which is by far the biggest single contribution any lawmaker has received from one of the seven largest defense companies.
Without further ado, the top 10:
1: Rep. Silvestre Reyes; 2: Sen. Carl Levin; 3: Rep. Steny Hoyer; 4: Sen. Jack Reed; 5: Rep. Joe Courtney; 6: Rep. James P. Moran Jr.; 7: Rep. John P. Murtha; 8: Rep. Ike Skelton and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (tie); 9: Rep. James Clyburn; 10: Sen. Susan Collins