Thousands for the Troops, Millions for the Politicians

Lockheed Martin issued a joint press release with Sandia National Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation that operates under government contract for U.S. Department of Energy, touting how much they are helping veterans in New Mexico. According to the press release “nine organizations that help local veterans will receive $40,000” from the two companies to “be divided among nine assistance groups to support the needs of New Mexico’s veterans.”

Of course any help for veterans should be commended, considering how much they have sacrificed during the wars that have benefitted defense contractors like Lockheed Martin so much. But, it should be noted that when compared to how much Lockheed Martin donates to political campaigns, $40,000 seems like the very least they could do. If only veterans had the political power that members of Congress do, then maybe Lockheed Martin would donate millions toward their cause.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in this last election cycle Lockheed Martin contributed more than $2.9 million to political campaigns, and spent more than $7.9 million on lobbying efforts. Both presidential candidates received more than $100,000 in contributions from the defense contractor. The single biggest benefactor in Congress of campaign cash from Lockheed Martin is Rep. Buck Mckeon (R-CA), who took in $64,250.

Photo: Raptor 4195 at Lockheed Martin by By Charles Atkeison µg

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