By Guadalupe Lizárraga
WASHINGTON, DC. - The Maplight NGO that investigates the influence of money in politics in the United States, published a study that reveals the economic benefits obtained by the legislators of the Commission of Foreign Affairs of the US Senate to authorize the attack against Syria. They received a total amount of $ 728,497 from the defense industry, 83% more than those senators who refused to approve the attack.
On September 3, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate voted 10-7 in favor of the resolution that would allow President Barack Obama to use military action against Syria. One of the most active in promoting the resolution was Senator John McCain, who also was the major economic benefits gained by the military-industrial contractors, with a sum of $ 176,300.00, the study of Maplight.
During the debate, Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, won the support of two amendments. The resolution would have to be approved by the full Senate and House before being sent to President Obama for approval.Data: MapLight analysis of contributions from employees and PACs of defense contractors and other defense industry interests to current members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, from January 1, 2007—December 31, 2012. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org
- Senators voting to authorize the use of military force in Syria have received, on average, 83 percent more money from defense contractors and other defense interests than senators voting against the use of military force.
- Senators voting "YES" on authorization received, on average, $72,850 from the defense industry.
- Senators voting "NO" on authorization received, on average, $39,770 from the defense industry.
- Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., has received $176,300 from defense contractors and other defense interests, more than any other member of the committee. He voted "YES" on the resolution.