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article imageBig campaign donations from contractors doing secret work for NSA

By Ken Hanly     Jun 22, 2013 in Politics
Washington - In total the six largest contractors doing secret work for the National Security Agency have given over $16 million to lawmakers since 2007 according to the firm Maplight that keeps track of political donations.
The largest donor was Lockheed Martin that gave over $5 million. Boeing Inc. gave $4.5 million and Northrop Grumman $3.3 million. SAIC Inc and Accenture a consulting firm gave over a million each. Computer Sciences Corporation gave $600,000 and finally Booz Allen Hamilton gave just $81,000. Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed NSA's secret spying to the Guardian newspaper, was a contract worker from Booz Allen.
Reportedly there are now criminal charges filed against Snowden resulting from his leaking classified information. Patrick McFarland, the inspector general for the US Office of Personnel Management told a Senate hearing that there may have been some problems with the reinvestigation of Snowden when his clearance was renewed back in 2011. There are also reported to be problems with the firm that did the clearance USIS. Of the 1.4 million personnel who have the highest "Top Secret" clearance more than a third or slightly less than half a million work for private contractors.
The $16 million total comes from employee contributions from the six firms and also Political Action Committees. Republicans received the most, $9 million but the Democrats were not far behind at $7 million.
The largest individual recipient of campaign contributions was Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. He is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He received more than $420,000 in total. All of the six companies have contracts with the Department of Defense.
Second in donations received was Democratic Representative C.A."Dutch" Ruppersberger. Ruppersperger's Maryland District is home to the Fort Meade Headquarters of the National Security Agency. He is also the ranking member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He received just over $225,000 in donations.
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