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The Politics of Contracting - Bechtel

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June 29, 2004

The Bechtel Group, Inc. is a Department of Energy (DoE) and Department of Defense (DoD) contractor that provides technical and management services to develop, engineer, build, and operate installations worldwide. Bechtel is currently under contract to lead the Iraqi Infrastructure Reconstruction program.

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Money Spent by Bechtel
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

$48,201
$8,201
$40,000
$0
NCA
NCA
2003*
-
-
-
-
$120,000
$910,399,648
2002
$543,220
$63,470
$152,500
$327,250
$520,000
$3,603,148,000
2001*
-
-
-
-
$300,000
$3,441,082,000
2000
$761,245
$110,645.
$201,700
$448,900
$240,000
$2,991,705,000
1999*
-
-
-
-
$320,000
$1,617,447,000
1998
$496,250
$32,800.
$173,900
$289,550
$260,000
$878,924,000
1997*
-
-
-
-
$320,000
$659,798,000
TOTALS
$1,848,916
$215,116
$568,100
$1,065,700
$2,360,000
$14,102,503,648


*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 Bechtel
1997 through 2004
Lt. General Jack Sheehan, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander - Atlantic, Former Commander-in-Chief - Atlantic
Charles "Chuck" Redman, Former Ambassador to Sweden and Germany


Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for Bechtel
1997 through 2004
George Schultz, Former Secretary of State, Former Secretary of the Treasury
Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnson (D-LA)

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists for Bechtel
1997 through 2004
Former Rep. Daniel R. Glickman (D-KS), Former Secretary of Agriculture (Akin, Gump et al.)
Former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) (Akin, Gump et al.)

Firms Registered to Lobby for Bechtel
1997 through 2004
Akin, Gump et al.
FH/GPC Boston
O'Neill & Associates
Patton Boggs
Potomac Communications Group
Thompson Consulting Group
Van Scoyoc 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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