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The Politics of Contracting - BAE Systems

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March 1, 2004

BAE Systems is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor that develops naval platforms, military aircrafts, electronics, and system integration. BAE is currently under contract to help produce the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

www.baesystems.com

Money Spent by BAE Systems
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
$153,900
$23,550
$130,350
$0
NCA
NCA
2003*
-
-
-
-
$1,620,000
$1,927,583,144

2002

$513,028
$30,252
$482,276
$500
$1,600,000
$1,405,629,000
2001*
-
-
-
-
$920,000
$1,004,077
2000
$297,740
$7,101
$290,639
$0
$1,230,000
$1,062,699
1999*
-
-
-
-
$200,000
$796,795
1998
NCA
NCA
NCA
$0
$85,000
NCA
1997*
-
-
-
-
$0
NCA
TOTALS
$964,668
$60,903
$903,265
$500
$5,825,000
$3,333,212,144


*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 BAE Systems
1997 through 2004
Robert Fitch, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Senior Professional Staff Member & Director of the Program & Budget Authorization Staff of the House Committee on Intelligence, Former Member of President William J. Clinton's Intelligence Transition Team


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for BAE Systems
1997 through 2004
Sheila C. Cheston, Former General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force, Former Special Associate Counsel to President William J. Clinton
Dr. Robert S. Cooper, Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Director for Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)
Richard J. Kerr, Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
General Kenneth A. Minitan, U.S Air Force (Ret.), Former Director of the National Security Agency - Central Security Service
Robert L. Prestel, Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
Michael Raoul-Duval, Former Special Counsel to President Gerald Ford, served with President Richard Nixon
Dr. William Schneider Jr., Chairman of the Defense Science Board, Member of the Rumsfeld Commission (the commission to assess the ballistic missile threat to the U.S.), Chair of the Department of State's Defense Trade Advisory Group, Former Chair of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control & Disarmament, Former Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology
General Anthony C. Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps. (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief - U.S. Central Command

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists
for BAE Systems
1997 through 2004
Albert Randall, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Assistant Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration (Baker, Donelson et al.)
Former Rep. Robert Livingston (R-LA) (Livingston Group)

Firms Registered to Lobby for BAE Systems
1997 through 2004
Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell
Belew Law Firm
CAE USA
Davis O'Connell
Fennie Bruce & Associates
Hyjek & Fix Inc.
Livingston Group
Paw & Associate
Peduzzi Associates
Robinson International
Rooney Group International
Sneed, Robert D.

 

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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