Big “D’s” Top 10: Reyes still leads, but Courtney catches up

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

3 Responses to Big “D’s” Top 10: Reyes still leads, but Courtney catches up

  1. Wiggins 26 July, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    I was doing some slicing and dicing when I came across the following: What does it mean that some entries are negative? Like Joe Wilson having -1000 from BAE Systems?


  2. The DEW Line 26 July, 2007 at 7:27 pm #

    That’s a great question. The answer is: I don’t know. In March, Norm Dicks gave $2,500, I think, back to Northrop Grumman. The company told me the check was returned because the campaign forgot to cash it and it spelled over into the next congressional cycle where the candidate had already hit the limit, blah-blah-blah. I’m still suspicious. Norm Dicks should be no friend of Northrop’s, while the tanker competition is still raging.

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