Feb. 27, 2015 — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill today are considering a $40 billion spending bill that would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If passage of this bill fails, the DHS is scheduled to partially shut down at midnight on Feb. 28, 2015. The Senate has already voted 68-31 in favor of the bill, referring it to the House of Representatives for a vote. A Republican counterproposal to fund the department for only three weeks has failed to receive the votes necessary for it to pass, failing with a vote of 203-224.
MapLight looked into the contracts awarded by the DHS to the top 5 contractors and these contractors’ political spending. These companies were chosen because they were the top recipients of DHS contracts between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014 according to USA Spending.
The top 5 DHS contractors, between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014, spent $107.6 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies and contributed $7.4 million to all congressional candidates (incumbents and new candidates) from their political action committees (PAC). During that time period, these five contractors received $8.9 billion in federal contracts from the DHS.
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Top Recipients of Contributions from
|Member||Amount||Committee (partial list)|
|Rep. Gerry Connolly [D, VA-11]||$76,500|
|Rep. Mike D. Rogers [R, AL-3]||$73,500||Chairman of Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of House Armed Services|
|Rep. David Adam Smith [D, WA-9]||$65,000||Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.|
|Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R, KY-5]||$64,500||House Appropriations Committee (Chairman)|
|Rep. Robert J. Wittman [R, VA-1]||$64,500||Chairman of Subcommittee on Readiness of House Armed Services|
|Rep. Robert B. Aderholt [R, AL-4]||$63,500||Member of Appropriations Committee|
|Rep. J. “Randy” Forbes [R, VA-4]||$61,500||Member of House Armed Services|
|Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger [D, MD-2]||$61,000||Member of Appropriations Committee|
|Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11]||$60,000||Chairman of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee|
|Rep. Steven M. Palazzo [R, MS-4]||$59,000||Member of House Armed Services|
|Rep. Pete Visclosky [D, IN-1]||$58,000||Ranking Member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee|
|Rep. Jim Moran [D, VA-8]||$57,000||FORMER MEMBER|
|Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry [R, TX-13]||$56,000||Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee|
|Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-42]||$56,000||Member of Appropriations Committee, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee|
|Rep. Steny H. Hoyer [D, MD-5]||$54,500||Democratic Whip, Former member of Appropriations|
|Rep. Duncan Hunter [R, CA-50]||$52,000||Member of House Armed Services|
|Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon [R, CA-25]||$51,000||FORMER MEMBER|
|Rep. Bennie G. Thompson [D, MS-2]||$49,500||Former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee|
|Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2]||$49,000||Member of House Armed Services|
|Rep. E. Scott Rigell [R, VA-2]||$48,500||Member of Appropriations Committee|
|Rep. Jim Langevin [D, RI-2]||$46,500||Member of Armed Services, Homeland Security|
|Rep. Mike Turner [R, OH-10]||$44,500||Chairman of Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces of House Armed Services|
|Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12]||$44,500||Vice Chair of Defense Appropriations|
Date range: January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014
Data source: FEC
MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that tracks money’s influence on politics
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