Defense industry gave lavishly to senators who supported Syria strike
The ten senators who voted in favor of military action against Syria have received a combined total of $728,497 from the defense industry in recent years.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing limited military action against Syria with a 10-7 vote last Wednesday. The resolution is now before the full Senate.
Senators who voted in favor of a military strike against Syria received an average of 83 percent more money from the defense industry between 2007 and 2012 than senators who voted against the resolution, according to an analysis by MapLight.
Senators who voted in favor of the resolution received, on average, $72,850 from defense contractors and other defense interests. Senators who voted against the resolution, on the other hand, received an average of $39,770 from the defense industry.
There were some notable exceptions to the pattern.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) received $86,500 from the defense industry, but voted against military action. He said the Obama Administration had “failed to present a strategy that justifies this action.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) received only $19,500 from the defense industry, but voted for military action. He said air strikes were “part of a strategy that will lead to a more stable and secure Syria.”
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