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

the PACs of Top 5 DHS Contractors (as defined above) 
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

Lobbying Methodology: MapLight analysis of federal lobbying disclosure filings from the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2014. Lobbying totals represent money paid by an organization to each lobbying firm for services on all issues. Organizations report total lobbying expenses as a lump sum, which includes both in-house lobbying expenses and amounts paid to (and reported by) lobbying firms that they employ. MapLight calculates a given organization’s in-house lobbying expenses by subtracting the total income reported by the lobbying firms that it employs from the company’s total reported expenses. In general, filers may round their spending and expenses to the nearest $10,000, and we treat the designation of “Less than $5,000” as a value of $0. MapLight updates its lobbying database daily to capture amendments. Full reports are due on the 20th day of January, April, July, and October.


Contributions Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to all candidates (including incumbents and new candidates) running for Congress from PACs of DHS contractors from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014. Note: IBM does not have a corporate PAC. Contributions data source: Federal Election Commission.
Source: MapLight

MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that tracks money’s influence on politics

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