Drones and political campaigns

Gaining insightful information about politicians is one of the best things to happen in recent times, thanks to the proliferation of the internet.  The politicians get to engage in the same type of stuff that “normal” people do (Twitter, Facebook), but their jobs force them to be somewhat more transparent.  So I stumbled across this exchange today:Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 4.26.56 PM

So that Dana guy is a member of the House of Representatives.  He’s clearly a big fan of drones, which apparently minimize civilian death.  But what’s really cool is that now we can see who’s been contributing to his campaign.  After all, someone will to speak out in favor of drones is probably being handsomely rewarded, right?

Well, yes.  In 2012, General Atomics, makes of two of the most famous types of drones (the Predator and the Reaper) made a contribution of $10K to Mr. Rohrabacher’s campaign.

Anyway, there’s no bigger story here.  Just a short blog post on transparency.  If you want to know more, Open Secrets makes it really easy to draw connections between politicians and private companies.

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