Defense Industry Contributes Heavily to Snooping-Friendly Lawmakers

Not really a surprise


The military-industrial complex flexed its muscle last week when the U.S. House of Representatives nearly approved a measure to shut down the National Security Agency's secret electronic surveillance program.

According to a new analysis from MapLight, a noprofit that tracks special interest spending in Congress, members of the U.S. House who voted to continue against the proposal to shutter the NSA spying program received — on average — twice as much in campaign contributions from defense industry interests as members who supported the proposal.