Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Kline and War Profiteers

Minnesota recently got a windfall of 70 Million earmarked in the new defense bill making John Kline a defense lobbyists ‘go to’ dream guy. So let's take a closer look at Kline's campaign funding.

It shows special interest PACs represent 40% of the campaign funds for Kline. Of that, Defense PACS have donated $55.000.00; more than any other PAC industry! Defense is also among Kline’s top ten ‘supported by’ industries.

But who can blame the Defense Industry? Kline supports the wars that make their industries grow. Among the companies in Minnesota that will benefit from this money are:

  • $4.5 million to Golden Hour Technology/Minnesota Thermal Sciences, for a blood-bag project, which helps enable safe transport of blood to injured troops on the battlefield. They donated $15,500 to Kline’s re-election campaign.

  • Also $4 million to Lockheed Martin for common submarine radio rooms. Lockheed Martin PAC donated $10,500 to Kline’s campaign.
While cheerleading the war, Kline has received contributions from those profiteering from the war. How ethical is that? Still it's not too surprising, afterall, Kline still hasn't returned Delay's dirty $30,000.00.

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