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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - L3 Communications

March 1, 2004 


L-3 Communications is a contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). L-3 specializes in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; secure communications systems; avionics and ocean products; and space and navigation products. L-3 is currently under contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to produce the Explosive Detection System (EDS), which screens baggage for weapons and explosives. 

Money Spent by L3 Communications
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 L-3 Communications
1997 through 2004
Jimmie V. Adams, Former Commander-in-Chief - Pacific Air Forces - Hickam Air Force Base (Hawaii)
Michael Andrews, Former Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army
Maj. General Robert W. Drewes, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Deputy Director for Acquisition and Commander - Defense Contract Management Command - Defense Logistics Agency
Vice Admiral James Blem Perkins IV, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commander of Military Sealift Command
General Robert RisCassi, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former U.S. Army Commander-in-Chief - United Nations Command / Korea, Former Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff
Raymond Ross II, Former Senior Military Officer in the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Formerly in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
General Carl Vuono, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans of the U.S. Army

Senior Government Official
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for L-3 Communications
1997 through 2004
General John M. Shalikashvili, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists
for L-3 Communications
1997 through 2004
Linda Daschle, Former Deputy Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell)
Albert Randall, Former Assistant Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration (Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell)

Firms Registered to Lobby for L-3 Communications
1997 through 2004
AGC Intercontinental
Baker Donelson Bourman & Caldwell
Cliff Madison Government Relations
Paul Magliocchetti Associates
PMA Group
Robinson International
Thelen Reid & Priest


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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