Jeb! takes on lobbying and military procurement

Bill on December 11, 2015
At a Town Hall with Jeb Bush in Milford, NH. Jeb Bush was asked if he would stop military contractors from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracts. Bush said there is a lot of corruption in the way the military contracting is done and that reform of the military procurement and lobbying systems are needed.

By luck I  was the first person Jeb called on for a question.

"As a fiscally responsible president, what will you do to stop military contractors from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracts, as Lockheed-Martin has done?" I asked.

His response was that there should be a 48 hour notification requirement by lobbyists for military contractors when they are in contact with any member of Congress.  He said this should be reported online every week and on the member’s official website.

The other thing he said was that there should be reform of the military procurement system as well as a reform of the way lobbying is currently done. He said there is a lot of corruption in the way the military contracting operates and it will be very important to reform the current culture in Washington. He said the present system keeps smaller contractors out and only large ones like local companies such a Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin can get contracts. 

I visited his web site and read a few articles.  His rhetoric is pretty strong on reform of the lobbying and  military procurement which is kind of ironic since his brother's administration created such a feeding frenzy for the military-banking-industrial complex. 

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