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The Politics of Contracting - California Institute of Technology

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March 1, 2004

California Institute of Technology is a science research university that is a major contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Cal Tech is currently under contract to manage the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA through 2008.

www.caltech.edu 

Money Spent by California Institute of Technology
to Influence Decisions and Secure Future Federal Contracts
1997 through 2004

YEAR

TOTAL
Campaign Contributions
INDIVIDUAL
Contributions
PAC
Contributions
SOFT MONEY**
Contributions
LOBBYING
Expenditures
CONTRACT AWARDS
(from U.S. Gov't)
2004
$15,300
$15,300
$0
$0
NCA
NCA
2003*
-
-
-
-
$60,000
NCA

2002

$15,100
$15,100
$0
$0
$100,000
$1,423,998,000
2001*
-
-
-
-
$80,000
$1,472,890,000
2000
$23,850
$23,350
$0
$500
$80,000
$1,312,851,000
1999*
-
-
-
-
$60,000
$1,315,374,000
1998
$11,145
$11,145
$0
$0
$40,000
$1,185,175,000
1997*
-
-
-
-
$20,000
$1,141,935,000
TOTALS
$65,395
$64,895
$0
$500
$445,000
$7,852,223,000


*Campaign contributions are reported in two-year cycles.
** In 2002, McCain-Feingold (the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act) banned soft money contributions. The United States Supreme Court upheld the soft money ban in 2003.
NCA means Not Currently Available.


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Company Executives
for California Institute of Technology
1997 through 2004
POGO could not identify any former senior government officials turned contractor executives for this contractor.


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Trustees
for California Institute of Technology
1997 through 2004
Harold Brown, Former Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former Secretary of Defense, Former Secretary of the Air Force
Shirley M. Hufstedler, Former Secretary of Education
Admiral Bobby Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Director of Naval Intelligence, Former Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Former Director of the National Security Agency, Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
Robert S. McNamara, Former Secretary of Defense

Harry M. Yohalem, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Energy, Former Deputy General Counsel for Legal Services of the Department of Energy

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Contractor Lobbyists
for California Institute of Technology
1997 through 2004
POGO could not identify any former senior government officials turned registered lobbyists for this contractor.

Firms Registered to Lobby for California Institute of Technology
1997 through 2004
Lewis-Burke Associates

 

This photograph is of a man going through a revolving door.

POGO's list of the top 20 government contractors for FY 2002 was compiled by Government Executive magazine (Vol. 35, No. 12, August 2003, p. 24). The dollars for total, individual, political action committee, and soft money contributions, as of December 1, 2003, were provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. Lobbying expenditures were compiled by POGO from information obtained from Political Money Line and the Center for Responsive Politics. Contract award dollars from FY 1997 through FY 2002 were compiled by Government Executive magazine. In February 2004, DOD listed its top 100 contractors in FY 2003 and we provided those DOD contract award figures for completeness.

For more information about the revolving door between the government and federal contractors and about campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, please see POGO's report "The Politics of Contracting." For more detailed information regarding misconduct by the government's top contractors, see POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database and POGO's report Federal Contractor Misconduct: Failures of the Suspension and Debarment System

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