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Report: Defense Lobbying Playing Role in SupComm Fight

Some lawmakers looking to trim government spending are wary of cutting the defense budget, but the reasons may go beyond national security. A new report shows that the defense industry has donated some big bucks to Super Committee members, our colleague Kevin Baron reports in today's NJ Daily. Plus, 22 of the panel members' former staffers are now defense-industry lobbyists.

Baron has more (for subscribers):

Defense-industry lobbyists, some of them former staffers to members of the super committee, are using their clout to derail Pentagon cuts just weeks before the panel's deadline to make its deficit-reduction suggestions to Congress, according to a new report. ...

The defense industry ... donated more than a collective $1 million to the 12 members of Congress on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction over the last two election cycles. The industry as a whole spent $144 million on lobbying in 2010 and now employs 1,000 lobbyists, the report states.

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