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March 1, 2004

The University of California manages three national research laboratories (Los Alamos National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab), along with its universities, and is contracted by the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to examine genomics, life science, computer science, engineering, energy efficiency, and environmental remediation.

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Money Spent by University of California
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
$209,009
$209,009
$0
$0
NCA
NCA
2003*
-
-
-
-
$1,240,000
NCA

2002

$330,004
$327,994
$0
$2,010
$245,000
$4,131,147,000
2001*
-
-
-
-
$105,000
$3,948,900,000
2000
$699,522
$673,522
$0
$26,000
$388,599
$3,426,182,000
1999*
-
-
-
-
$380,000
$3,210,904,000
1998
$213,588
$213,588
$0
$0
$300,000
$3,002,253,000
1997*
-
-
-
-
$200,000
$2,691,575,000
TOTALS
$1,452,123
$1,424,113
$0
$28,010
$2,858,599
$20,410,961,000


*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 University of California
1997 through 2004
Michael L. Telson, Former Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Energy


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board of Trustees
for University of California
1997 through 2004
Barbara Bodine, Former Ambassador to Yemen
Velma Montoya, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Gerald L. Parsky, Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department
Tom Sayles, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Contractor Lobbyists
for University of California
1997 through 2004
Former Rep. Anthony Beryl (D-AR) (Winston & Strawn)

Firms Registered to Lobby for University of California
1997 through 2004
Health Policy Group
MARC Associates
O'Neill Athy & Casey
Washington Alliance Group
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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