- One of the country’s largest defense contractors has donated tens of thousands to lawmakers.
- Raytheon Technologies donated more than 30 MPs to the campaign in April.
- These donations came at a time when members of Congress were discussing sending Raytheon’s weapons to Ukraine.
As lawmakers debate sending new weapons and other military aid to Ukraine, one of the country’s largest defense contractors contributed more than $51,000 in April between members of Congress and partisan political committees. Federal Election Commission.
Contractor Raytheon Technologies has donated to several leadership political action committees and national party committees, along with more than 30 Congressional campaign members.
During April, Raytheon Technologies donated its money to lawmakers, while legislators were discussing more than 10 Ukraine-related bills.
On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the $40 billion Ukrainian military and humanitarian aid package that President Joe Biden is ready to sign. Raytheon manufactures the Stinger missiles, which Ukraine uses to shoot down Russian planes, as well as the Javelin anti-tank missile systems, together with other defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Of the more than 30 members of Congress donated by Raytheon’s PAC, eight currently sit on the House Armed Services Committee: Democratic Representatives Veronica Escobar of Texas and Elaine Luria of Virginia and Republican Representatives Michael Waltz of Florida. from Jerry Carl Alabama, Jack Bergman from Michigan, Mike Turner from Ohio, Jim Banks from Indiana and Mike Rogers from Alabama.
The gun supplier also donated $15,000 to the National Republican Senator’s Committee in April and $2,500 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California.
Raytheon Technologies’ PAC spending varies from month to month. Their spending in April during election years ranged over time from low six-digits to no spending at all.
Accepting donations from corporate PACs has been a controversial topic for Democrats lately. Beginning seriously during the 2018 election cycle.some liberal candidates rejected corporate PAC money because they say it represents a corrupting influence and does not represent the needs of their constituents.
Luria, a retired commander in the US Navy, stopped accepting PAC donations in the 2018 campaign, but has since given up. According to this campaign cycle, it has accepted more than $200,000 from corporate PACs. Washington Post.
A spokesperson for Luria’s campaign did not answer Insider’s questions about Raytheon’s contribution, but said in a statement: “Elaine Luria was sworn in at the age of 17 to support and defend her country and has spent 20 years aboard warships at sea not only by Russia and the invasion of Ukraine. He knows he is a threat to the United States and will continue to support humanitarian and military aid to the Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom.”
Representatives of Escobar and Rogers’ campaigns did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Raytheon Technologies accepted Insider’s request for comment but did not immediately respond to questions.
Beyond its PAC’s campaign contributions, Raytheon Technologies spends millions of dollars each year directly lobbying the federal government, including Congress, on policy and regulatory issues. In the first three months of this year alone, Raytheon spent nearly $3.5 million on federal lobbying efforts. according to federal data Compiled by the unbiased research organization OpenSecrets.
Meanwhile, 20 federal lawmakers have personally invested in Raytheon Technology or Lockheed Martin stock. its value has almost doubled Since the March 2020 stock market crash.