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Project on Government Oversight




The Politics of Contracting - British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)

June 29, 2004 


(In 1999, BNFL acquired Westinghouse Electric Company.)

British Nuclear Fuels Inc. (BNFL) is a Department of Energy (DoE) contractor in the nuclear energy business. Its activities range from reactor design and fuel manufacturing to power station decommission and clean-up. BNFL is currently under contract to head the Savannah River Nuclear Facility cleanup program as well as the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

Money Spent by British Nuclear Fuels
to Influence Decisions and Secure Future Federal Contracts
1997 through 2004


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


$1, 600

*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 British Nuclear Fuels
1997 through 2004
Lt. Colonel John Wiulcynski, U.S. Army Reserves (Ret.), Former Department of Energy Director of the Office of Field Management

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Board Directors for British Nuclear Fuels
1997 through 2004
Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Dr. Gail de Planque, Former Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Former Rep. Robert H. Michel (R-IL), Former House Minority Leader
James Schlesinger, Former Member of the Defense Policy Board, Former Secretary of Defense, Former Secretary of Energy, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Senior Government Officials
Turned Current & Former Registered Company Lobbyists
for British Nuclear Fuels
1997 through 2004
Former Rep. Beryl Anthony (D-AR) (Winston & Strawn)
Michael F. Barrett, Jr., Former Investigator for Congressional Committee
Lanny J. Davis, Former Special Counsel to President William J. Clinton (Patton Boggs)

Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA) (Johnston & Associates)

Firms Registered to Lobby for British Nuclear Fuels
1997 through 2004
Advocacy Group
Akin, Gump, et al.
Anderson Pitts
Andrade, Vick & Associates
Armenian, Garabed K.
Arter & Hadden
Barbour, Griffith & Rogers
Barrett, Jr., Michael F.
Berkshire Inc.
Birch, Horton et al.
Butera & Andrews
Campbell-Crane & Associates
Covington & Burling
Dewey Ballantine
Dykema Gossett
FBA Inc.
Florida Business Associates Inc.
Garvey, Schubert & Barer
GKV Association of McLean
Global USA Inc.
Griffin, Johnson et al.
Groom & Nordberg
Gruver, John Allen
Hamberger Law Firm, Martin G.
Hurt, Norton & Associates
Johnson, Smith et al.
Johnston & Associates
Kaye, Scholer et al.
Lipsen, Zel E.
McBride Associates, Charlie
Patton Boggs
Powell, Goldstein et al.
Swidler & Berlin
Van Scoyoc Associates
Wiley, Rein & Fielding
Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
Winston & Strawn


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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