The nation’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, donated funding to a total of 53 Republican members of the US Congress who were among those voting to overturn the results from the 2020 election in a January 6 vote.
In the first half of 2021, Lockheed Martin made donations as a corporate donor to a greater number of US legislators objecting to the 2020 election results than any other company, according to left-leaning newsletter Popular Information, which analyzed new filings to the Federal Election Commission.
Lockheed Martin has thus overtaken Toyota, which donated to the campaigns of a total of 47 GOP members of Congress who sought to overturn the 2020 election result in the January 6 vote.
Toyota and Lockheed Martin
On July 8, however, apparently, after leftist pressure, Toyota announced that it was ending its contributions to Congress members “who contested certain states” with respect to the election in 2020.
Lockheed Martin’s total donations to the 53 GOP Congress members, however, amount to a combined total of $77,500.
So while it has donated to the largest number of Republican members of Congress who supported President Donald Trump in stating that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of Democrat Joe Biden, Lockheed Martin is the second biggest donor in absolute terms.
The biggest in terms of the total sum donated is General Dynamics, which is actually a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin as a supplier of parts for the F-35 fighter jet program.
Thus, General Dynamics donated a combined total of $116,000 to a total of 36 Republican members of Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 election result on January 6.
Popular Information points out that after the Capitol riot on January 6, Lockheed Martin did suspend all corporate PAC donations until it evaluated its donor strategy.
However, last week, it announced it has completed its evaluation and was going to keep up its principles of nonpartisanship in terms of political engagement.
It is noted that Lockheed Martin has been the only corporation to donate individually to the reelection company of Andrew Clyde, a Republican House member of Georgia.
Clyde received the donation in question on June 2, 2021.
Lockheed Martin is America’s largest defense contractor largely due to the F-35 fighter jet program on which the federal government is now projected to spend a total of $1.67 trillion.
The fifth-generation fighter jet in question has been developed and is being produced by a consortium of firms from the US and allied nations led by Lockheed Martin.
Popular Information insinuates that the giant defense contractor is keeping up its donations to Republican members of Congress in order to influence the political process at a time when the F-35 project is getting into trouble over its vast costs and criticism by the Democrats.
It reminds of a pledge by Rep. John Garamendi of California, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee who vowed to cut off additional F-35 funding after a critical report published in April by the Government Accountability Office.