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Every lawmaker on intel committees received money from top intel companies

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A new report from Maplight reveals that every single member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the committees in charge of oversight of intelligence programs, received campaign contributions from the top twenty largest intelligence companies.

Both committees have rejected attempts to reform NSA programs, and have worked to push legislation that would allow domestic spying programs to continue. The job of the House and Senate committees is to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, and to oversee top-secret NSA programs to ensure they do not abuse the public trust or overstep their constitutional limits.

Maplight is a nonpartisan organization whose goal is to inform the public about donations to intel committee members from PACs and individuals employed by companies in the intelligence industry. The Maplight report reveals the amount of donations to members of the committees totalled over $3.7 million between 2005-2013.

The lawmaker who received the most amount of money was Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D- MD), the top-ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee. Ruppersberger received a total of $363,600 in campaign donations from intelligence companies. Northrop Grumman contributed nearly one-third of that amount, $124,350. The NSA's headquarters is in Ruppersberger's district.

The committee member who received the least amount of money was Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Senate Select Committee, who received $24,500 in contributions. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Wyden received the least amount of money because has voiced strong opposition to NSA domestic spying programs

A complete list of the donations can be found on the Center for Public Integrity website.



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