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Top Defense Contractors Poised to Benefit from FY09 Earmarks

Although the House and Senate are still marking up appropriations bills for the FY2009 budget, earmarks in the Defense Authorization bill could have some defense contractors seeing much more green in 2009. According to a Government Executive article, analysis from TaxPayers for Common Sense (a non-profit budget watchdog), showed $9.9 billion in earmarks in the House version of the bill, and $5.4 billion in the Senate version. Looking through the list of "beneficiaries," you can see some familiar names of companies that stand to gain significantly if these earmarks fly. You can access the raw data here, but in case you're not in the mood for spreadsheets, take a look at some of the contractors on the list:

Who Benefits from Proposed FY2009 Congressional Earmarks

Earlier this year, McCain promised to veto all earmarks and "make their authors famous." It looks like Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) with $292.5 million in earmarks, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) with $188.0 million, Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) with $82.6 million, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) with $157.8 million would need an agent in a McCain administration.

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