Who does the Department of Defense like?
by Bob Livingston
Going by the contributions, the Department of Defense prefers Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
According to The Center for Public Integrity, the witch from Chappaqua has hauled in the largest share of campaign cash (at least that reported) from DoD and defense-related employees than any of the candidates. Her haul over the 14-month period ending in February was $454,994.
Senator Bernie Sanders collected $310,055 over the same period from defense-related workers even though he has in the past advocated for 50 percent cut for the Pentagon and says defense contractors are to blame for “massive fraud” and a “bloated military budget.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz is the leading GOP candidate among contributions from the defense-related workers. He even trails Sanders at $307,995. Cruz has called for large increases in defense spending.
Governor John Kasich ($39,194) and Donald Trump ($10,586) lagged far behind the others. In fact, although the Republicans are often touted as the “war party” because they are perceived to be stronger on defense, the combined contributions of three Republican candidates trail those made to the two Democrats.
Of course, Kankles is the author of the Libya and Syria debacles that are keeping the military-industrial complex fat and happy. I guess killing women and children and creating terrorist organizations does have its rewards.
This is not to say that Cruz, who advocates an Israel-first foreign policy and is very belligerent toward Iran, would be loath to start a war for the neocon cabal if prodded.