Connections Count in Government Contracting, Especially Defense Contracting:  Big Contracts Went to Big Donors in Quid Pro Quo Deals



CBS News reported in 2003 that a report released by the Center for Public Integrity, concluded, “that most of the 10 largest contracts the government awarded went to companies that employed former high-ranking government officials, or executives with close toes to members of Congress and even the agencies awarding their contracts. 


The report describes no bid contracts awarded by the Bush administration, top contract recipient-KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary former headed by Vice President Dick Cheney,



Other Contract Contacts listed from 2003 included: 

(Editor Note:  These names and attributions are from the original 2003 article.  Especially due to the high degree of revolving door and mobility of personnel moving from contractor to contractor, these people are most likely not in the same positions now.)


George Schultz who was a member of Bechtel’s board of directors.


Riley Bechtel, who was named to the Presidents Export Council, which advises the President (GW Bush) on programs to improve U.S. trade.


Jack Sheehan, senior vice president in Bechtel’s petroleum and chemicals business.  He served on the Defense Policy Board, which advises the defense secretary on a variety of issues.


David Kay, head of the Bush administrations search for weapons of mass destruction, former vice president of Science Applications Int. Corp. 


Christopher “Ryan” Henry left Halliburton in Feb. 2003; at the same time Cheney did, and became principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.


Scott Spangler, principal owner of Chemonics International, was a senior U.S. Agency for International Development official during the first Bush administration.  His company received 90 percent of its business from USAID.


Sullivan Haave Associates Inc. was founded by Carol Haave, currently the deputy assistant secretary of defense for security and information operations.  Ms. Haave left the government and has served on the boards of several corporations in the defense-contracting arena since. 


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