Sen. Graham: End unlimited campaign donations…Pentagon contractors too?

Kevin Rutledge on June 05, 2015
Sen. Lindsey Graham wants a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign contributions or else “it’s gonna ruin the political process”. Would this apply to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other top Pentagon contractors in the military industrial complex who use their corporate influence to drive public policy?

Sen. Lindsey Graham is an advocate for a constitutional amendment to end unlimited campaign donations and overturn the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Today, I tried to ask Sen. Lindsey Graham about his support for a constitutional amendment to end unlimited spending on elections from the military industrial complex and what he’ll do to return power back to the people.  Such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, who combined spent over $115 million influencing elections and public policy since the 2012 election cycle (

I didn’t get the opportunity to ask a question during the Q&A program, so I reached my hand out and tried to ask my question.  Sen. Graham seemed eager to hurry past me as I thanked him for speaking out against Citizens United, calling for a constitutional amendment:

Sen. Graham: “We’re going to have to find a way for it.  It’s gonna ruin the political process.”

Me: “But we have Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin...”

Sen. Graham: “Maybe, maybe just transparency.  Put every donation on the internet.  Within, you know, an hour might be enough. We’ll see.  Thanks guys.”

Me: “But like, Lockheed Martin and Boeing...”

Sen. Graham: “Unlimited money by people you don’t know who they are, that’s a problem.”

I couldn't finish my question, but every time I mentioned “Pentagon contractors” or “Lockheed Martin” I couldn't get another word in.

Sen. Lindsey Graham wants transparency for campaign contributions in elections.  However, we already know corporations like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others are tremendously influencing our politicians with millions of dollars.  What will Sen Graham do to limit corporate influence in the political process fair, firm, and consistently, including corporations in the military industrial complex where Sen. Graham says he wants to “rebuild a military being destroyed in front of our eyes”?

About the Reporter

Kevin Rutledge

Kevin Rutledge AFSC Governing Under the Influence Presidential Campaign Project

Kevin Rutledge is the Grassroots Education Coordinator with AFSC’s Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa.  Kevin has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.  A graduate from Iowa State University in Sociology and Criminal Justice, his previous work includes: United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) organizer, Public Citizen online organizer to overturn Citizens United, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and a youth residential treatment facility.  Kevin hopes to one day return to Brazil and live by the beach.

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill .