13 Jun '12, 12pm

Nuclear Weapons Lobby Pumps Cash Into Congressional Races via @POGOBlog

Both facilities subsequently received funding from the House and Senate in their FY 2013 defense bills, even though the FY 2013 appropriations bills defund or reduce funding for both facilities. POGO and other nuclear weapons experts have argued for years that these facilities serve no legitimate purpose and need to be halted before more money is wasted. As the report notes, nuclear contractor lobbying efforts target legislators with the most power and the most at stake. Many of the top congressional recipients of these funds are members of the subcommittees that oversee nuclear weapons or defense funding, such as Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), who fought hard last month to appropriate extra funds to a troubled nuclear project . And some of them represent districts that are home to nuclear facilities, such as Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), sometimes known as the “Representative...

Full article: http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2012/06/nuclear-weapons-...

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