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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - General Electric

March 1, 2004 


General Electric (GE) is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor whose work spans from jet engines, to power generation and security. GE is currently under contract to produce the Entryscan3 (a.k.a. "Puffer") that screens passengers boarding trains and other public transportation for explosive devices.

Money Spent by General Electric
to Influence Decisions and Secure Future Federal Contracts
1997 through 2004


Campaign Contributions
(from U.S. Gov't)



*Campaign contributions are reported in two-year cycles.
** In 2002, McCain-Feingold (the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act) banned soft money contributions. The United States Supreme Court upheld the soft money ban in 2003.
NCA means Not Currently Available.

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Company Executives for General Electric
1997 through 2004
Francis S. Blake, Former General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, Former Counsel to the Vice President
Benjamin W. Heinemun, Jr., Former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Maj. General Kenneth V. Meyer, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Director of U.S. Air Force Contracting at the Pentagon
Stephen Ramsey, Former Chief of Environmental Enforcement at the Department of Justice

Senior Government Official
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for General Electric
1997 through 2004
Former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA)

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists for General Electric
1997 through 2004
Former Sen. Daniel R. Coats (R-IN), Former Member of the Defense Policy Board (Verner, Liipfert et al.)

Former Rep. Tom Corcoran (R-IL), Former Member of the Defense Science Board (O'Connor & Hannan)

Daniel L. Crippen, Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (Washington Council, Ernst & Young)

Former Rep. Jack Edwards (R-AL) (Jack Edwards)

Former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) (Clark & Weinstock)

Former Rep. James A. Hayes (R-LA) (Adams & Reese)

Former Rep. Robert L. Livingston (R-LA), Former Speaker of the House (Livingston Group)

Former Sen. James A. McClure (R-ID) (McClure, Gerald & Neuenschwander)

Former Rep. Robert H. Michel (R-IL), Former House Minority Leader (Hogan & Hartson)

Former Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME), Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Ireland, Former Senate Majority Leader (Verner, Liipfert et al.)

Former Rep. Lewis F. Payne, Jr. (D-VA) (McGuire, Woods et al.)

Former Rep. Gerald Solomon (R-NY) (Solomon Group)

Former Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN) (Clark & Weinstock)

Former Rep. Alan Wheat (D-MO) (Wheat & Associates)

Firms Registered to Lobby for General Electric
1997 through 2004
Accord Group
Adams & Reese
AFT Associates
Allstates Design & Development Co.
Alston & Bird
Andahazy & Associates, William J.
Anderson Pitts
Andrews, Michael A.
BKSH & Associates
Brierre Jr., William V.
Campbell Inc., John G.
Canfield & Associates
Capitol Tax Partners
Chlopak, Leonard et al.
Clark Consulting Federal Policy Group
Clark & Weinstock
Covington & Burling
Cummings, Philip T.
Dewey Ballantine
Disterfano, David
Dorsey & Whitney
Edwards, Jack
Fried, Frank et al.
Hand Arendall
Hogan & Hartson
Hooper, Hooper et al.
Jones, Walker et al.
Kelly, Black et al.
King & Spalding
Livingston Group
Madden Company, Roger
Mayer, Alice
Mayer, Brown et al.
McClure, Gerald & Neuenschwander
McCutchen, Doyle et al.
McGuire, Woods et al.
Mosher & Associates
Moss Company, Kate
O'Connor & Hannan
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Piper Rudnick
Podesta Mattoon
Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre
Power Strategies
Reed Smith
Robison International
Sidley, Austin et al.
Skadden, Arps et al.
Sneed, Robert D.
Solomon Group LLC
State Street Partners
Stuntz, Davis & Staffier
Swidler, Berlin et al.
Verner, Liipfert et al.
Vinson & Elkins
Washington Council Ernst & Young
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Wheat & Associates
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
Winning Strategies Washington


POGO's list of the top 20 government contractors for FY 2002 was compiled by Government Executive magazine (Vol. 35, No. 12, August 2003, p. 24). The dollars for total, individual, political action committee, and soft money contributions, as of December 1, 2003, were provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. Lobbying expenditures were compiled by POGO from information obtained from Political Money Line and the Center for Responsive Politics. Contract award dollars from FY 1997 through FY 2002 were compiled by Government Executive magazine. In February 2004, DOD listed its top 100 contractors in FY 2003 and we provided those DOD contract award figures for completeness.

For more information about the revolving door between the government and federal contractors and about campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, please see POGO's report "The Politics of Contracting." For more detailed information regarding misconduct by the government's top contractors, see POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database and POGO's report Federal Contractor Misconduct: Failures of the Suspension and Debarment System

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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