Defense Industry Funds Flow to Key House Contenders | Coalition to Reduce Spending

By Rebekah Johansen

File under obvious news.

Roll Call recently requested campaign finance data for each of the aspiring chairmen of the House Intelligence and House Armed Services Committees.

The results were unsurprising.

Four of the top five candidates for the chairmanships of the House Armed Services and Intelligence panels have raised considerably more money this election cycle than they did at a similar point in 2012. The same four have also raised much more money from the defense industry than before – in some cases, more than doubling their takes.

Most of them, too, have raised more money in the first full quarter since the departures of the incumbent chairmen became official, and donated more to other candidates and GOP party committees than in the last cycle.

It’s natural and understandable for powerful interests to donate money to the causes they support.

We don’t take a position on that aspect.

But data like these simply remind us of the critical need to counter-balance those interests.

via Defense Industry Funds Flow to Key House Contenders | Coalition to Reduce Spending.