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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - Carlyle Group

March 1, 2004 


The Carlyle Group is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor and private investment firm that originates structures and acts as lead equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financing. 

Money Spent by Carlyle Group
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 Carlyle Group
1997 through 2004
Frank C. Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Advisory Board Members for Carlyle Group
1997 through 2004
Michael H. Armacost, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

James A. Baker III, Former Secretary of State, Former Secretary of the Treasury

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

Frank C. Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense

Richard G. Darman, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Christopher Finn, Former Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Former Rep. Thomas S. Foley (D-WA), Former Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former Speaker of the House

William E. Kennard, Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission

William A. Long, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Management

Jerome H. Powell, Former Undersecretary of Finance (Treasury)

Charles O. Rossotti, Former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service

David M. Rubenstein, Former Deputy Domestic Policy Assistant to the President

Frank Shrontz, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY)

Chris Ullman, Former Associate Director of Communications at the Office of Management and Budget

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & former Registered Company Lobbyists for Carlyle Group
1997 through 2004
Former Sen. Daniel R. Coats (R-IN), Former Member of the Defense Policy Board (Verner, Liipfert et al.)
Former Rep. Jack Edwards (R-AL) (Ervin Technical Associates)

Stuart E. Eizenstat, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor & Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff (Covington & Burling)

Former Rep. Marvin Leath (D-TX) (Marvin Leath Associates)

Former Rep. Joseph M. McDade (R-PA) (Ervin Technical Associates)

Firms Registered to Lobby for Carlyle Group
1997 through 2004
Akin, Gump et al.
Covington & Burling
Ervin Technical Associates
Jartman, Marc R.
Leath Associates, Marvin
Martin, Fisher, Thompson & Associates
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw
Meyers & Associates
Mock & McSwain Consulting
Northpoint Strategies
Patton Boggs
Robison International
Spectrum Group
Ungaretti & Harris
Van Fleet-Meredith Group
Verner, Liipfert et al.
Washington Resource Association
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

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