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The multi-million-dollar national security lobby

By Laurie Bennett

June 23, 2013 at 2:20pm

National Security Agency contractors spent more than $88 million lobbying Washington last year, according to a Muckety review.

The figure is certainly low, because NSA budgets and contracts are secret. We compiled a partial list of companies that have been publicly identified as NSA contractors through media coverage, corporate releases, SEC filings, patent applications and other records.

The biggest spenders were well-known defense contractors: Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

Others on the list include tech companies such as IBM and CSC.

Several contractors rely on former members of Congress to argue their interests.
Jack Edwards, former Republican House member from Alabama, lobbies for Northrop Grumman. Former Reps. Bill Paxon (R-NY) and Dick Gephardt (D-MO) lobby for Boeing.

Lockheed Martin has seven former members of Congress among its troop of lobbyists:

  • Jack Edwards
  • David Hobson (R-OH)
  • Al D’Amato (R-NY)
  • John Breaux (D-LA)
  • Trent Lott (R-MS)
  • Sonny Callahan (R-AL)
  • J.C. Watts Jr. (R-OK)

The map above shows the contractors with the largest lobby expenditures last year. A larger version of the interactive map adds current lobby firms.

The table below shows total lobby spending for each company in 2012. Each company name links to a profile page.

NSA CONTRACTOR 2012 LOBBYING
Northrop Grumman Corporation $17,540,000
Boeing Company $15,440,000
Lockheed Martin Corporation $15,347,350
General Dynamics Corporation $10,884,482
Raytheon Company $7,410,000
Qualcomm Inc. $6,400,000
IBM $4,850,000
BAE Systems Inc. $4,520,000
L-3 Communications Corp. $2,390,000
SAIC, Inc. $2,060,000
Computer Sciences Corporation $1,532,000
ViaSat Inc. $210,000
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