“Despite his limited view, Larsen is convinced progress is being made, though it is slow and remaking Iraq is a complex problem,” reported a July 2006 article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Larsen, who represents the 2nd District north of Seattle, asked to go on the trip. He courted Republicans on the Armed Services Committee, on which he serves”. Exactly one year before this article was published, Iraqi non-profit Iraqiyun published a report in July 2005 estimating that at least 128,000 Iraqis had been killed since the 2003 invasion—152 deaths every day. Nevertheless, Rick kept money flowing to the war: “[he is] a strong advocate for providing money to support the effort”.
Throughout the Bush administration, Rick Larsen never once objected to a single military funding bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. In fact, since taking office in 2001 Rick has only voted down a military funding bill once, in 2016, but otherwise has signed off for every single budget put forward by both the Bush administration and Donald Trump. This has led to hundreds of billions of dollars that could otherwise be spent on education and healthcare being funneled to projects like the Iraq War, the reconstruction of Afghanistan, thousands of drone strikes in the Middle East, and Trump's Space Force. No matter how bloated military spending became Rick would reliably vote to keep money pits like the F-35 program running all while opposing single-payer in favor of “deficit reducing” reforms.
Money for war? Absolutely. Healthcare? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Meanwhile, Rick was raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies and political action committees representing the military-industrial complex.
When politically convenient and safe, Rick will promote votes for bills that would require Congressional debate or approval for military interventions overseas. He likes to brand himself as a Democrat not afraid of war—to be tough—but only when Congress has weighed in on the subject. Sadly, that branding is completely and entirely false. In 2006 when tensions with Iran were high and the Bush administration was openly considering invading the country, Rick Larsen voted against a bill that would require Bush to seek Congressional approval to militarily strike Iran. Five years later when President Obama was considering a large scale military intervention in Libya, Rick again voted against a bill that would have required Congressional approval.
Throughout Rick's twenty years in Congress and on the House Armed Services Committee, he has been presented with countless opportunities to challenge the military-industrial complex and be an advocate for peace. Instead, he gladly backs the war machine while taking sacks of money from them. He happily backs their perspectives on a wide range of issues, even framing climate change as a “security” issue instead of a massive humanitarian crisis.
When Jason Call was protesting the Iraq War, Rick was funding it and even voting to approve invasions in even more countries. Those billions and billions of dollars dedicated for war would always eventually find part of its way into Rick's campaign coffers.
In 2007, Spectrum Group contributed twice to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $1,500. (💰💵)
Firms gearing up for more BRAC
“[T]he Defense Department is gearing up for consolidation once again, putting local companies and lobbying firms on alert. Earlier this year, Alexandria-based consulting firm Spectrum Group announced a partnership with the Principi Group meant to focus on BRAC-related work.
Jones, who was in charges of gathering BRAC-related data at Fort Carson, Colorado in the 1990s, said the team will focus on helping communities with military installations provide accurate data to BRAC official and consider ways they can help make a base more efficient and perhaps encourage officials to maintain it.
For instance, Jones said, a town might offer its own fire services on a per-response basis so that a military base could stop operating its own fire station.”— The Washington Post: May 6, 2012
In 2017, Oshkosh Corporation contributed once to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $1,500. (💰💵)
Oshkosh Awarded $803.9 Million JLTV Order for Army, Air Force and Navy
BusinessWire: December 18, 2019
Oshkosh Corporation gets $346 million to rebuild U.S. Army trucks and trailers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: March 30, 2020
Since 2012, Aerojet Rocketdyne has contributed six times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $6,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Aerojet Rocketdyne Receives $19 Million Contract From US Missile Defense Agency
Via Satellite: October 3, 2019
Aerojet Rocketdyne Scores Big Contracts on US ICBM, Hypersonic Missile Programs
Space Daily: September 18, 2019
Since 2017, Kaman Corporation has contributed five times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $7,500.
Since 2017, Kaman Corporation has contributed five times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $7,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Since 2013, Textron Incorporated has contributed eight times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $11,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Since 2003, BAE Systems has contributed eleven times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $14,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
BAE System's Dirty Dealings
“For years the company has been accused of selling arms to impoverished and dictatorial regimes, polluting the environment, and has been dogged for years by allegations of corrupt dealings.” — CorpWatch: November 11, 2003
Since 2004, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has contributed thirteen times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $15,000.
Since 2004, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has contributed thirteen times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $15,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
SAIC removes three executives in fraud probe
“The work involved a contract to manage an employment timekeeping system called CityTime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has alleged that ‘a massive and elaborate scheme to defraud the city’ corrupted the program, and it charged Gerard Denault, SAIC’s lead project manager on the program, with receiving at least $5 million in illegal kickbacks.” — The Washington Post: October 24, 2011
Since 2014, Leidos Incorporated has contributed ten times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $15,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Leidos Inc. Gets $17 Million TSA Contract
“Leidos Inc. said it received a prime contract from the Transportation Security Administration that could be worth as much as $17 million over five years.” — NBC San Diego: November 30, 2019
U.S. Army Selects Leidos to Continue Geospatial Intelligence Support with $200 Million Contract
— Leidos: March 7, 2018
Since 2015, L3Harris Technologies Corporation has contributed twelve times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $22,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
$500 Million IDIQ Contract for Anti-Jam Satellite Communications Modem
“L3Harris Technologies has won a five-year, $500 million ceiling, indefinite deliver/indefinite quantity contract -- with an initial delivery order of $30.6 million -- with the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center to supply the Air Force and Army Anti-jam Modem.” — L3Harris: April 23, 2020
Since 2008, Parsons Corporation has contributed thirteen times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $26,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Parsons Announces $32 Million Intelligence Community Contract
— Homeland Security Today: April 14, 2020
Since 2003, General Dynamics has contributed twenty-seven times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $29,500. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💵)
General Dynamics Mission Systems Awarded $883 Million Contract to Modernize U.S. Army Training Programs
— General Dynamics: February 11, 2020
New Charges Made Against Defense Firm: General Dynamics Accused of Paying Bribes Overseas
“Members of a House subcommittee raised new charges Monday against beleaguered General Dynamics Corp., saying that the nation’s largest defense contractor may have billed the government for the costs of its overseas sales consultants and used some of those agents to pay bribes to sell airplanes abroad” — Los Angeles Times: March 26, 1985
Since 2007, Raytheon has contributed twenty-five times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $41,500. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💵)
US: Halliburton Moves Up Among Top Grossing U.S. Defense Contractors
“Raytheon Co. with $8.5 billion. Raytheon is the world's largest missile maker, including Tomahawk cruise missiles and anti-tank missiles.” — Bloomberg: January 27, 2005
Since 2003, General Electric has contributed thirty-seven times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $51,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
General Electric wins $437 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
— Reuters: June 29, 2018
General Electric wins $517 million contract to build engines for Army's next generation helicopters
— Defense News: February 1, 2019
Since 2003, Lockheed Martin has contributed forty-four times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $56,500. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💵)
F-35 Fighter: Prices Goes Up $771 Million on Most Expensive Defense Program
”The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program -- already the most expensive defense acquisition program in U.S. history -- just got even more costly, to the tune of $771 million.” — ABC News: July 14, 2011
Since 2003, Northrop Grumman has contributed thirty-three times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $66,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Honorable mention Boeing, who has contributed fifty-eight times to Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen for a total of $66,000. (💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰)
Boeing Awarded $999 Million Contract for A-10 Wing Replacements: Pentagon
“Boeing has been awarded a $999 million defense contract to replace the wings on A-10 close air support aircraft, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The contract provides for up to 112 new A-10 wing assemblies and up to 15 wing kits, it said.” — U.S. News: August 21, 2019
Boeing awarded $500M for Qatari Air Force F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training
“Boeing Company has been awarded a $500 million contract for provided F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training to Qatar's air force, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.” — Inside Defense: August 29, 2019
Can we trust Rick Larsen to fight for a peaceful world?
Can we trust him to take on the military-industrial complex—while taking tens of thousands of dollars from them?
Can we trust him to take on rich defense contractors and our political establishment who drive us into war—while taking tens of thousands of dollars from them?
Can we trust him to take on the war machine—while taking tens of thousands of dollars from them?