New strategic bomber contract awarded after millions of dollars worth of lobbying

Source: Alexander Cohen, Center for Public Integrity, October 28, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has awarded an initial $21.4 billion contract for a new stealth bomber to be equipped with nuclear weapons, following years of ardent lobbying and generous campaign donations by the victorious military contractor, Northrop Grumman, to 224 key members of Congress. The firm’s task will be to construct at least 21 Long Range Strike bombers, Air Force Assistant Secretary William LaPlante announced at a late afternoon Pentagon press conference on Oct. 27. It will be the second largest military program in 14 years, exceeded only by the Joint Strike Fighter, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. … The company, through its political action committees and via its employees, contributed $4.6 million to the campaigns and leadership PACs of 224 lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees that control the Pentagon’s purse strings, from 2010 through the most recent campaign filing period ending on September 30, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of federal campaign contribution data.