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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - United Technologies

March 1, 2004 


United Technologies is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor that specializes in aerospace, aviation, helicopter design, climate control, elevator design, and hydrogen fuel cells. United Technologies is currently under contract to manufacture the F119 engine (used in the F/A-22), F135 engine (used in the Joint Strike Fighter), and the Black Hawk helicopter. 

Money Spent by United Technologies
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 United Technologies
1997 through 2004
Ruth R. Harkin, Former President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for United Technologies
1997 through 2004
Former Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-TN), Former Chief of Staff President Ronald Reagan.

Antonia H. Chayes, Former Undersecretary of the Air Force

Charles Duncan, Jr., Former Secretary of Energy

Jamie S. Gorelick, Member of the 9-11 Commission, Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Deputy Attorney General, Former General Counsel of the Department of Defense

Charles R. Lee, Member of the President's National Security Telecommications Advisory Committee, Member of the Advisory Committee to the President -Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection
William J. Perry, Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Secretary of Defense
H. Patrick Swygert, Member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board
Christine Todd Whitman, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists
for United Technologies
1997 through 2004
Daniel L. Crippen, Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (Washington Counsel)
Linda Daschle, Former Deputy Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (Baker, Donelson et al.)

Firms Registered to Lobby for United Technologies
1997 through 2004
Baker, Donelson et al.
Copeland Lowery & Jaquez
Covington & Burling
Ervin Technical Associates
Filler, Marshall S.
Filler, Weller & Tello
Griffin, Johnson et al.
Mayer, Brown et al.
Patton Boggs
Richards, Richard
Robison International
Shaw, Pittman et al.
Ungaretti & Harris
Van Fleet-Meredith Group
Washington Counsel
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
Wilson, Donald E.


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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