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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - TRW

March 1, 2004 


(NOTE: On December 12, 2002, TRW was acquired by Northrop Grumman.)

Money Spent by TRW
to Influence Decisions and Secure Future Federal Contracts
1997 through 2002


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.

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Company Executives for TRW
1997 through 2003
Lt. General Roger DeKok, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command

Lt. General Otto J. Guenther, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former U.S. Army Chief Information Officer

Lt. Colonel Jim Myers, M.D., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Director of Advanced Concepts Directorate and Advanced Technologies Directorate for the Missile Defense Agency

Philip A. Odeen, Chairman of the National Defense Panel, Former Member of the Defense Science Board, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis, Former Director of Defense and Arms Control Staff for the National Security Council

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for TRW
1997 through 2003
Michael Armacost, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
Martin Feldstein, Former Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers
Robert M. Gates, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Lynn M. Martin, Former Secretary of Labor
Paul H. O'Neill, Former Secretary of the Treasury

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists for TRW
1997 through 2003
Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA) (Johnston & Associates)

Firms Registered to Lobby for TRW
1997 through 2003
Advocacy Group
Amitay, Morris J.
Edington, Peel & Associates
Edington, Wade & Associates
Fleischman & Walsh
Franzel, Brent
Johnston & Associates
Multinational Business Services Inc.
Patton Boggs
Shaw, Pittman et al.
Spectrum Group
Verner, Liipfert et al.
Washington Council, Ernst & Young


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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