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The Politics of Contracting - General Dynamics

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March 1, 2004

General Dynamics is a contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) that produces aviation and aircraft services, land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems, and ship building and marine systems. General Dynamics is currently under contract with the DoD to produce the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Littoral Combat Ship, and the Stryker Armored Personnel Carrier.

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Money Spent by General Dynamics
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
$701,625
$48,625
$653,000
$0
NCA
NCA
2003*
-
-
-
-
$5,408,472
$8,235,429,902

2002

$1,678,474
$104,157
$1,028,250
$546,067
$5,250,933
$7,264,308,000
2001*
-
-
-
-
$5,248,009
$5,332,411,000
2000
$1,398,292
$99,994
$828,461
$469,837
$4,684,226
$4,213,848,000
1999*
-
-
-
-
$4,365,465
$4,747,711,000
1998
$945,428
$77,575
$591,850
$276,003
$3,908,417
$3,738,896,000
1997*
-
-
-
-
$4,388,353
$2,137,406,000
TOTALS
$4,723,819
$330,351
$3,101,561
$1,291,907
$33,253,875
$35,670,009,902


*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 General Dynamics
1997 through 2004
Lt. General David K. Heebner, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
Phebe N. Novakovic, Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Rear Admiral Kendell Pease, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Navy

Lt. Colonel William O. Schmieder, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Senior Officer in Department of the Air Force, Former Senior Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Rear Admiral John F. "Dugan" Shipway, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Director of Strategic Systems Programs - U.S. Navy, Former Commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Former Deputy Commander for Submarines at Navy Sea Systems Command


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for General Dynamics
1997 through 2004
Lt. General Julius W. Becton, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commander of the U.S. Army Operational Test & Evaluation Agency

Frank C. Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense

Admiral William J. Crowe Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral Jay L. Johnson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Chief of Naval Operations

General George A. Joulwan, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Supreme Allied Commander - Europe, Former Special Assistant to the President, Former Commander-in-Chief - European Command

Paul G. Kaminski, Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology

General John M. "Jack" Keane, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Former Deputy Commander-in-Chief - Atlantic Command
General Lester L. Lyles, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command

Carl E. Mundy, Jr., Former Commandant-U.S. Marine Corps, Former Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Gordon R. Sullivan, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Chief of Naval Operations, Former Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists
for General Dynamics
1997 through 2004
Former Rep. Jack Edwards (R-AL) (Ervin Technical Associates)

Former Rep. Joseph M. McDade (R-PA) (Ervin Technical Associates)

Former Rep. Martin A. Russo (D-IL) (Cassidy & Associates)

Firms Registered to Lobby for General Dynamics
1997 through 2004
Baker C. Consulting
Bergson & Co.
Boland & Madigan
Cambridge International Inc.
Cassidy & Associates
Conaway Group
Ervin Technical Associates
Gallagher Group
Mayer, Brown et al.
Magliocchetti Assoc, Paul
Maurer, William W.
McBee Strategic Consulting
McDermott, O'Neill & Associates
Mehl, Griffin & Bartek
Miller & Associates, Denny
Mock & McSwain Consulting
Bob Moss Associates
Paw & Associates
PE McManus Associates
PMA Group
Potomac Advocates
PRASAM
Rhoads Maguire Group
Rhoads, Weber, Shandwick
Government Relations
Robison International
RV Davis & Associates
Skadden, Arps et al.
Sneed, Robert D.
Stinson, John M.
Walton, John C.
Weaver, Paul A.
Wight, Bill
Winston & Strawn


 

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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