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The defense lobby

By Laurie Bennett

December 6, 2013 at 9:37am

This is a map of the major defense contractors (light cyan-colored boxes) surrounded by Washington lobby firms representing them (darker boxes).

To put it mildly: It’s a crowded field. (Our apologies if the map took a few extra seconds to load.)

When this many players rub together in a Muckety map, it usually means there’s money to be found and followed.

According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the defense sector spent more than $136 million last year lobbying Congress and the federal government.

That figure encompasses 269 clients and 931 lobbyists, most of whom previously held government jobs.

Because the big picture is so dense, we’ve simplified the map to show the most active lobby firms by number of defense clients. The map below shows some of the major firms (around the perimeter) and their defense clients.

Among them:

  • Akin, Gump - Clients include Bechtel Group, Boeing and Chevron. Former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) lobbies for Boeing.
  • Etherton & Associates - Lobbies for General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and ManTech International. Principal Jonathan Etherton is a former staffer of the Senate Armed Services Commitee.
  • Podesta Group - The ultra-connected firm counts Boeing and BAE Systems among its clients.

To explore the map, we recommend the larger view.

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