Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry

Congress Is For Sale to the Highest Bidder

Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.

For example:

  • A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri

So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Maplight reports that congress critters opposing Congressman Grayson’s bill to demilitarize police receive 73% more money than those voting for it:

International Business Times explains:

The group’s new report looked at a June congressional vote on legislation, offered by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., that would have blocked the Pentagon from spending resources on transferring military hardware to local police agencies. The bill was defeated 62-355.

According to data compiled by Maplight, the lawmakers “voting to continue funding the 1033 Program have received, on average, 73 percent more money from the defense industry than representatives voting to defund it.” In all, the average lawmaker voting against the bill received more than $50,000 in campaign donations from the defense industry in the last two years. The report also found that of the 59 lawmakers who received more than $100,000  from defense contractors in the last two years, only four voted for Grayson’s legislation.

Good ‘ole fashion corruption

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  • sellinpitchforks

    Looks like humanity needs to declare a war on war itself.

  • Krimsen King

    HAHAHA SURPRISE!!!!! yeh, didn’t see THIS one comin’… when are we going to realize that the massive amounts of money in our electoral system CORRUPT ALL OUR POLITICIANS, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL PARTY OR IDEOLOGY?????

  • Charles Savoie

    Since their founding in 1902-1903, The Pilgrims Society in London and New York, sponsored by the British Royal family, has included top generals, admirals, armaments manufacturers, ambassadors, financiers and old-line inheritors. Its members have included secretaries of the army, air force and navy and Defense Secretaries—Caspar Weinberger—Robert S. McNamara—Stuart Symington—Thomas S. Gates. Organizations reputed to possess astonishing influence—Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations—and many others—were founded by Pilgrims Society members. This group refuses to release rosters into the public domain. We have to rely on verified leaked lists and fragmentary info from assorted sources. This single group is completely responsible for 98% of our national woes.

    • Ed

      Yes, because the single group called “congress” can’t be expected to turn down bribes.
      Enough with the scapegoating. Your “government” is corrupt and can’t be trusted.

  • StormOrphan

    Militarization of our entire nation is a valid concern
    that has been evident since G.W. Bu$h declared war based on lies. Clearly this is a scam to benefit
    war profiteers. I have
    participated in many anti-war demonstrations where local police used military
    surplus protective gear, vehicles, helicopters and arms. Why is this brute force used against
    citizens demonstrating to achieve PEACE and JUSTICE?

    I live on Whidbey Island, WA
    an area with majestic beauty with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain
    ranges. Citizens pay dearly
    for their waterfront homes.
    Whidbey Island is a small island only 168.7 square miles. NAS Whidbey is a small base,
    4,000+ acres that was established in 1942. Our quality of life is in the process of destruction residents
    are terrorized with expansion of the base. The U. S. Navy intends to base all 117 Growler jets on Whidbey
    due to noise complaints from bases in Hawaii and Florida. Our ecosystem and health and safety are
    under grave threat from Growler jets flying less than 200 feet over our homes
    emitting 100 – 140 decibels from early morning until 2AM. Each Growler burns 1,300 gallons of
    toxic jet fuel per hour.

    This noise is a total distraction of our daily lives. Our complaints to elected officials
    fall on deaf ears. Even though
    many families have lived on Whidbey for four or five generations we are told if
    we don’t like the noise we can move, losing our heritage and retirement
    invested in our land. There is no
    other location comparable to Whidbey.

    We are all the victims of the
    military conditioning Americans to accept the presence of loud invasive
    military might. I have to wonder why there is so much
    military surplus? Funds for the
    military seem to be unlimited, go to a military surplus auction you will find
    hundreds of boxes that have never been opened, squandered funds, pork for war
    profiteers. We need accountability from the

  • drb399

    Quick. turn in your guns because guns are bad. We are all good people now. there will never be another genocide. If you dont turn your gun in your an extremist. And the miltary industrial complex is good and they are here to help you.