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What standing committees in the HOR and the Senate would the special interest groups/corporations, Lockhead Martin & Boeing (both military defense contractors), want to target with their lobbying efforts and campaign donations? Why?

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Military defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing would want to spend their lobbying efforts and campaign donations targeting members of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

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Military defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing would want to spend their lobbying efforts and campaign donations targeting members of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

The reasons for this stem from the US Constitution Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 that states "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law."

Congress, in other words, as the legislative branch of the Federal government holds the power of the purse strings through its constitutionally delegated power to appropriate government funds through legislation.

Many members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, for example, have military bases and defense contractors in their home states and wish to keep government contracts and money flowing to their constituents. The contractors incentivize and reward this help with campaign donations. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees exert great control over the size and composition of the U.S. national budget, so defense contractors naturally have an interest in maintaining close lobbying and donor relations with the members of these committees in order to promote defense spending.

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