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Jon Kyl Voted for New Nukes After Taking Payments From Nuclear Company

The senator-turned-lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist had a paid board seat at one nuclear company and lobbied for two others. Then he joined the Senate.

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New House Foreign Affairs Chair Receives Money from Weapons Contractors He Oversees

Rep. Eliot Engel’s committee has jurisdiction over arms exports, and he’s gotten significant campaign donations from the defense industry and pro-Israel interests.

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It’s Not Just Trump: Defense-Backed Lawmakers Are Also Standing With the Saudis

A Sludge analysis shows that lawmakers with large campaign contributions from the defense industry are more likely to defend the U.S. military's relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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With $10 Billion Defense Contract Pending, Jeff Bezos Donates Millions to Put Veterans in Congress

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife made their largest political contribution to date to a super PAC dedicated to electing military veterans for federal office.

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John McCain’s Replacement is a Revolving-Door Lobbyist

As a lobbyist, Kyl pushed legislative issues for private clients that he could vote on as a member of the Senate

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Republican Senator Blocks Amendment to End US Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

The biggest campaign contributors to Senator Shelby, who blocked the amendment, are defense contractors that have major arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

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Pentagon’s Artificial Intelligence Programs Get Huge Boost in the NDAA

The controversial Project Maven received a 580% funding increase in this year’s defense bill.

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Trump Admin Increases Lockheed Contract That Could be Devastating for the People of Yemen

New contract adds $225 million in foreign military sales to an already approved $11.25 billion deal with Saudi Arabia.

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Is This Ex-Congressman Using His Leftover Campaign Funds To Help Lobbying Clients?

Former Rep. Buck McKeon has been donating to members of the House Armed Services Committee while lobbying for defense contractors and Saudi Arabia.