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Defense Industry Helping McKeon's Wife's Campaign

February 1, 2012
Our colleague Shane Goldmacher reports on how defense contractors and their lobbyists have taken an interest in a race for the California Legislature. The catch? The candidate benefiting from their largesse is Patricia McKeon, the wife of Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Armed Services Committee.

Goldmacher reports (for subscribers):

All told, Patricia McKeon raised about $75,000 for her California Assembly bid in the fourth quarter of 2011 from sources beyond her husband and from personal contributions. More than 45 percent of that money--roughly $35,000--came from federal lobbyists, lobbying firms, and their employees, as well as military contractors and executives in firms in the defense and aerospace sectors, according to an analysis of state and federal campaign records. ...

Patricia McKeon's donors include some of the biggest contractors in the multibillion-dollar defense industry: Lockheed Martin ($3,000), Boeing ($1,000), Raytheon ($2,000), and General Dynamics ($3,900). Each of those firms ranked among the nation's five biggest defense contractors in 2010, according to Government Executive, with a combined $85 billion in sales.
Salon's Lee Fang reported the connection between defense lobbyists and Patricia McKeon's campaign on Monday and provided more details in a story on Wednesday.

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