Contractors donate more to Joint Strike Fighter Caucus members, reports says
- By Washington Technology staff
- Dec 16, 2011
House representatives on the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus received almost double the contributions from the prime contractors for the long-delayed program, reports Government Executive.
A new report by the Project on Government Oversight and the Center for Responsive Politics states JSF Caucus members received $326,400 during the first 2012 election cycle from political action committees and individuals who work for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt & Whitney. Caucus members states' also received larger shares of JSF program dollars and jobs.
Co-chairs Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) announced Nov. 9 that 48 members had joined the caucus to provide members of Congress with program updates. Despite program delays and cost overruns, the caucus stance on the program's future is clear: "When countries such as Russia and China are testing their next-generation fighters, the Joint Strike Fighter program is an absolute necessity."